In Texas, a driver will be arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) if they are found to have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08% or greater. DWI charges can lead to harsh penalties and costly fines. Whether you are currently facing charges associated with DWI or have general questions associated with DWI, it is in your best interest to educate yourself on the laws in Texas. Call an experienced Plano DWI lawyer to schedule a consultation about your case.
If you are suspected of driving under the influence, a law enforcement officer has the right to stop you and ask questions. They can also request that you perform a variety of tests in order to determine whether you are driving while intoxicated.
Initially, the officer may have a simple conversation with you to get an idea if you have been drinking. This is typically when the officer will request to see your license, proof of insurance, and registration. The officer can often easily observe indicators of impairment through noticing an alcohol odor or slurred speech.
If the officer determines that you have been consuming alcohol, he will ask you to exit the vehicle in order to have you participate in one or more field sobriety tests.
There are three main tests that are used by Texas law enforcement and others nationwide:
If the officer believes that the driver is under the influence of alcohol, he may then decide to perform a breath or other chemical test in order to obtain an official BAC.
These tests include:
If you have been arrested and charged with DWI based on evidence gathered from field sobriety tests and/or chemical testing, you have options. Contact an experienced Plano DWI attorney who will listen to the facts of your specific case and ensure that your rights are protected in court.