What Not to do if You Have Been Arrested for a DUI

Being arrested for DWI can make a person feel a lot of different emotions all at once. It is not uncommon to feel angry, disappointed or just plain dumbfounded by the entire situation. But once a person is arrested, there is nothing he or she can do. In other words, there is nothing a person can say or do to become “un-arrested.” That being said, there are a lot of things a person can say or do that can make the situation a whole lot worse. If you are arrested for DWI in Texas, be smart and do not make any of the following mistakes:

  • Talk:  Once the police officer reads you your rights, otherwise known as Miranda warning, it is time to zip your lips and keep them closed. At this point, nothing you can say can help better your situation. Rather, anything you say (or do) per the warning, can and will be used against you.
  • Resist Arrest: Even if you believe that the officer has no right to arrest and charge you with DWI, it does not matter. Resisting arrest will only make matters worse. If a person resists arrest, the officer can also charge the person with resisting arrest.
  • Handle your own case:  A DWI is a serious charge that has pretty severe consequences if found guilty. Penalties include fines, possible jail time, and a temporary loss of driving privileges. When you hire an experienced DWI defense attorney you greatly increase the likelihood that the charges against you will be reduced or even possibly eliminated.
  • Take “legal” advice from friends/family members:  Once you have been charged with a DWI, you may start to receive a lot of free “legal” advice from friends and/or family members who have had a DWI or other encounter with the criminal justice system. While most of these people are well-meaning, it is important to remember that they are not experienced DWI defense attorneys. Even if a person’s case sounds similar to yours, most likely there are important facts that separate his or her case from your own.
  • Wait too long to hire a DWI defense attorney:  You want to meet with an experienced DWI defense attorney as soon as possible so that you can tell him or her your story, while the events are still fresh in your mind. By waiting, you may forget critical details.
  • Drive without a valid license: When a person is arrested for DWI he or she will most often lose his or her driving privileges for a period of time. Driving without a valid license, especially while the DWI charges are pending is a big NO NO!!
  • Blow off a court appearance:  So your driver’s license is suspended and you cannot find a ride to court. You think missing one court date is no big deal, right? Wrong! Blowing off a court appearance sends a clear message to the judge hearing your case that you are not taking the charges against you seriously. By failing to appear in court, the judge can also order an arrest warrant against you.

If you have been arrested and charged with drunk driving, the first thing you need to do is to make an appointment to meet with an experienced Dallas County DWI Defense Attorney. Only a seasoned DWI Defense Attorney can explain your rights and answer your questions. Dallas County DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit has thorough knowledge of DWI law and the skills to investigate the facts of your case. As a former prosecutor, Jack Pettit knows what it takes to fight a charge of DWI. Call the Law Offices of Jack Pettit today at (214) 521-4567 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. Our office provides services to clients in both English and Spanish.  Major credit cards are accepted as well.


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