Texas DWI Defense Attorney Shares Two Essential Tips for Navigating a DWI Traffic Stop

Whether you have ever experienced a DWI traffic stop or not, you may not realize one very important thing about DWI traffic stops. That one thing is that your choices and your behavior during that encounter with law enforcement will have an impact on what happens during the traffic stop. A DWI traffic stop is not a moment to feel as though everything that is happening is completely outside of your control. It is a time to remain calm and concentrate on making choices, such as implementing the two tips that are discussed below, that will result in the best possible outcome for your traffic stop.

The first thing that you can do is to remember who you are dealing with during the traffic stop. You are dealing with a law enforcement officer, and that law enforcement officer is not your friend. Not only are they not your friend, but they are also someone who can and in most cases will serve as a key witness in the case against you. If you view your entire interaction with the law enforcement officer through this lens, you can make choices that can, at the very least, minimize the amount of damaging information that the officer can obtain during the traffic stop. That is the job of the law enforcement officer – to collect every possible bit of evidence during a traffic stop that they possibly can, from the moment that the blue lights come on to the time that you are released from their presence.

Because the law enforcement officer is doing a job during the traffic stop, collecting information to be used against you at a trial, there is a job that you can do, too. Your job is to protect your interest by providing as little evidence as you possibly can, and this begins with assuming that everything that you say and do is being recorded and will be used against you at trial. In fact, the recording of your words and actions will be viewed by the prosecution multiple times before your trial, when they are deciding what kinds of charges to bring against you and how aggressively they are willing to push for a conviction. You can protect your interests by maintaining a calm and polite demeanor, speaking only when necessary, requesting an attorney multiple times during the traffic stop, limiting what you say to the bare minimum that you are required to disclose by law, and remaining in your seat as much as you can.

If the result of your traffic stop is that you were arrested and charged with DWI, you are likely to have some questions and concerns. There is a lot at stake, including your driving privileges and your freedom. Fortunately, you do not have to go through this experience alone. Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has helped many clients with their DWI cases, and he could help you, too. To learn more about Texas DWI cases, please call 214-521-4567 today.

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