DWI Stop Checklist

When there are flashing lights in your rear view mirror, it is easy to get flustered, to say things you would not say otherwise, and to behave in a manner which you would not under other circumstances. When alcohol is a factor, it is extremely important to ensure that you are as calm and collected as possible and to know what your rights are.

Police have the leeway to pull you over for any reasonable suspicion, and in a situation where it is their word against yours a judge will invariable grant that there was probable cause for the stop. Whats important is the actions you take after getting pulled over, as everything from that point forward may have a significant bearing on the outcome of any charges against you.

What to Do if You Are Pulled Over

In the event of being pulled over, follow these simple steps:

  • Pull over immediately. Much of what happens in a traffic stop is determined by the officer’s perception of the driver. If you take a long time to pull over, the officer may already be disinclined to be lenient before he even talks to you.
  • Be polite. Along the same lines as pulling over promptly, a little courtesy while interacting with the officer can go a long way toward a favorable outcome.
  • Provide your license and registration. The officer is required to examine these items every time they make a stop, and obliging can do nothing to harm your case.
  • Recognize your right of refusal, and the consequences of refusal. You are not required under criminal law to comply with any voluntary sobriety test, but refusing to take these tests will almost certainly result in your arrest and a suspension of your license. If you feel that the benefit to your case outweighs the suspension of your license and the hassle of arrest, then you are within your rights to refuse to take any field sobriety tests or answer any questions.

Handling yourself with composure and treating the officer respectfully is by far the best way to go about a DWI stop, as being combative or rude can only worsen your situation.

Contact Us

If you have been charged with DWI, it is imperative that you seek skilled legal representation to protect your rights and help you resolve the case in as desirable manner as possible. The Dallas DWI attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter have years of experience defending clients in the same situation you find yourself now. Contact us today by calling (214) 845-7007 to discuss the details of your case and get the rigorous defense you deserve.


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