What not to say when suspected of DWI

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2024 | DUI |

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges are serious and can have long-lasting consequences. If you’re suspected of DWI, knowing what not to say during the encounter with law enforcement is crucial. 

What you say can significantly impact the outcome of your case.

Avoid admitting you were drinking

One of the first questions an officer might ask is if you have been drinking. Admitting to any alcohol consumption can be used against you in court. It’s better to politely decline to answer the question. Remember, you have the right to remain silent.

Avoid speculating about your intoxication level

Don’t make statements about how much you think you’ve had to drink or how it might affect you. Any speculation can be interpreted as an admission of guilt.

Refusing field sobriety tests

In Texas, you are not legally required to perform field sobriety tests. Politely declining these tests can be a strategic choice. However, be aware that refusal can have its own consequences, such as license suspension in some situations. 

Avoid self-incrimination

Avoid sharing details that might incriminate you, such as where you were, who you were with or what you did before driving. Stick to short, direct answers if you choose to respond. You have the right to remain silent, so exercising this right is best in many situations. 

Navigating a DWI accusation requires careful consideration of your words and actions. Understanding what not to say is just as important as knowing your rights. Knowing your legal rights and options is crucial if you are in this situation. Remember, your responses during a DWI stop can significantly impact the legal proceedings.