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DWI BLOOD TESTS
Are blood tests more accurate than breath tests? Blood tests are not always reliable.
About David Breston
The Breston Law Firm has handled over 4,000 cases and has been helping people in Texas since 1987. Watch this video to find out more about our firm
CHOOSING A DWI LAWYER
Learn how to choose a DWI lawyer and the importance of choosing an experienced attorney.
A Texas DWI charge can cost you to lose your license, you face fines and may cost you your job.
Have you been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)? Watch this video by David Breston explaining how he may be able to help you.
DWI BREATH TESTS
Should you refuse a breath test if you are pulled over for DWI in Texas? Watch this video to learn.
There are a number of common mistakes that a suspect and defendant can make if he or she has been pulled over and then charged by law enforcement for suspected driving while intoxicated. Because these mistakes can impact a person’s life well into the future (and nearly forever) it is my stance that the person who is educated about their rights stands a much better chance of overcoming complications and dilemmas that loom on the horizon and accompany a DWI traffic stop – and charge.
A person who engages in a conversation with a police officer when he or she has been stopped or is being detained and taken to jail runs the risk of offering information that may be used against them if a court case is pursued by the prosecution of the county in which you are stopped. Even a statement as seemingly innocent as ‘I’m sorry’ can have negative connotations in the eyes of police officer – making it appear that you have confessed to some wrongdoing. Always say little to nothing – politely refusing to provide responses without the presence of an attorney – and never, never, never admit guilt to anything – even something as seemingly innocuous as the question of ‘whether or not you’ve been drinking’.
Too, if you are charged with driving while intoxicated in another state – do not ignore this because you decide to consciously avoid driving in that state again in the near future and beyond. These charges will not disappear – but instead compound and may at some point come back to haunt you – either in the form of monetary charges or a warrant placed for your arrest that allows law enforcement from your home state to arrest you for outstanding charges in another. Although a DWI is unpleasant (at best) it is never something that can be filed away and forgotten.
The DWI defendant must also understand that the chances of coming through the case unscathed are better when you contract the services of a trained professional who understands how to maneuver through the legal system in a manner that is most cost-effective and beneficial to the DWI suspect. This is especially true when addressing the legal systems of other states for which you are unfamiliar. In addition, current driving while intoxicated statutes and defenses can be complicated – and simply require the expertise of a person who has knowledge and access to the ins and out of the court system.
Finally, understand that there are numerous (a plethora) of legitimate defenses for a driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence or driving impaired charge. These range from medical defenses that assign a physiological reason for your seemingly intoxicated behavior to faulty police work – which includes such things as an ‘unwarranted stop’ to police misconduct.
The average person has been taught to respect, revere and to some small extent – fear – law enforcement. Nerves are usually on end when a police officer pulls your vehicle over and steps to the side of the car. Remember to always keep your head about you, be respectful and recognize that you have the right to a Houston DWI attorney before answering any question beyond your name and address.