What to do if stopped after drinking

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As an Austin DWI Attorney | Austin DWI Lawyer I am often asked what to do if you are stopped by an officer after you have been drinking.

Always be polite and courteous throughout your interaction with law enforcement.

I recommend taking the following steps to maximize the chance of success in a DWI charge:

  1. Do NOT admit to drinking any alcohol or visiting any drinking establishments. 

Politely decline answering any questions. You can say, “My lawyer advised that I never answer these questions.” If you do answer the officer will put anything you say to him in his report. This information will later be used against you in the prosecution of your case.

  1. Refuse ALL Sobriety Tests. 

This includes the “Eye Test”, Walk and Turn, and One-Leg Stand.

  1. Do NOT agree to take a Breath or Blood Test.

Note: The officer will read you a form telling you that your license will be suspended for refusing these tests. I do NOT recommend taking these tests as the equipment used is subject to mechanical and human error. If the test shows that you are 0.08 or higher your license WILL be suspended and the prosecutor will use these tests against you!

  1. Call Stephen T Bowling- Austin DWI Attorney at (512) 599-9000 as soon as possible to discuss your case.

We take calls on nights, weekends, and holidays to ensure timely gathering of information on your case. This allows us to provide intake sheets while the information is fresh in your mind. We can then use this information is forming the defense of your case!

In Austin and other local areas, the Police Departments have a special task force that specializes in DWI Arrests. These officers are specially trained in DWI detection and testifying in the prosecution of a DWI case. In following these rights and contacting Stephen T Bowling as soon as possible you increase your chances of succeeding in any DWI charges you face by utilizing an Austin DWI Attorney | Austin DWI Lawyer focused on defending Austin DWI cases.

Proven Defense by a Former Law Enforcement Officer

Many people who are charged with drunk driving just assume there is no way to fight it. They think the best they can hope for is a smaller fine or a reduction in the amount of time they lose their license. We focus on defending anyone accused of a DWI. With the right legal counsel, there are other outcomes. Depending on the circumstances of your case, what if…

Instead of months of suspension, you don’t lose your license at all?
Instead of making a deal for probation, you never get convicted?
Instead of having a DWI conviction, your record stays clean?
Instead of cutting bad deals, you get a vigorous DWI defense?
While every case depends on the facts and circumstances at play, mounting an aggressive defense to DWI charges may be your best option. The Austin Criminal Defense attorneys at Stephen T Bowling, P.C., handle all drunk driving cases, defending clients in both the criminal proceedings and driver’s license hearings.

Don’t trust just anyone with your DWI defense. Contact the law firm of Stephen T Bowling, PC, by e-mail or call us at 512-599-9000 to schedule your free consultation with an Austin DWI lawyer to discover some strategies we pursue in defending Austin Driving While Intoxicated cases.

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DWI Case Factors

What is Intoxicated?
What is “operating” a motor vehicle?
What is a “Public Place”?
Drugged Driving
DWI Penalties
DWI with a Child under 15
DWI with a BAC over 0.15
DWI with Open Container
14 day Driver’s License Requirement

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