Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks About Traffic Stops

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was recently arrested and charged with DWI. His arrest started like every other DWI arrest – with a traffic stop. The stop occurred after the vehicle that he was driving cut off another driver as it switched lanes without signaling. A law enforcement officer stopped the vehicle, and the traffic stop began. During the stop, the officer noticed that Jeffress had bloodshot eyes. The officer could also smell alcohol on Jeffress’ breath. When the officer requested Jeffress’ driver’s license and proof of insurance, Jeffress handed the items over. He also gave the officer a Texas Rangers club card that indicates that he plays for the team. During the stop, Jeffress told the officer that he had consumed three or four cups of Hennessy and Coke and that he had consumed them between 12:15 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. There was a woman in the vehicle, and he told the officer that he was driving her from the nightclub Sisu to her car.

The officer asked Jeffress to get out of his vehicle and participate in a field sobriety test. During the test, the officer observed several things that led them to conclude that Jeffress was intoxicated. Some of these observations were that he could not balance on one leg and that he urinated on himself. After the test, officers searched Jeffress and his vehicle. During the search, officers found a bag containing a green leafy substance in the glove compartment. Jeffress and his passenger both denied ownership of it and he told officers that other people had been in his vehicle earlier that day.

Every DWI traffic stop is unique, but most of them have one thing in common – something about your car or the way that you were driving captured the attention of a law enforcement officer. In the situation described above, an officer saw the vehicle that Jeffress was driving cut in front of another vehicle without using a turn signal. Whenever you are driving and whatever you are doing, be aware that something might draw attention to your vehicle. However unsettling this is, if you see blue lights behind you, know that there are things that you can do which could make the difference between an ordinary traffic stop and a DWI investigation.

When your vehicle gets pulled over, law enforcement officers have a chance to observe you and interact with you. Those interactions and observations of you will determine the direction in which the traffic stop will proceed. Please know that you can make choices that could keep your traffic stop from turning into a DWI investigation. If the officer asks you where you are going, know that they are not trying to engage in small talk. Every question that they ask you serves a purpose – to obtain information from you that they could use to support further investigation. You may choose to say very little to the officer and give them as little information as possible beyond complying with requests to hand over your license, registration, and other items. You do not have to answer questions, although some officers may try to intimidate you into saying more than you have to. If that happens, remain calm while politely telling the officer that you need to consult with your attorney before speaking with them further.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, may be able to help you with your DWI case. Call our office at 214-521-4567 today to find out more.


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