Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah for many folks to get out and camp, barbecue, swim and relax. All the things Texans love to do. Three day weekends also mean that there will be a greater police presence watching the roads for drunk drivers.
Getting stopped by police is a scary experience, whether you have been drinking or not. There is no easy way to know how many drinks will put you over the legal limit. You might feel sober but that doesn’t guarantee your blood alcohol level is under the legal limit. Your blood alcohol level depends on many factors including your height, weight, how much you are eating, how fast you drink, whether you are on medications and your metabolism rate. The best way to avoid a DWI if you plan to get behind the wheel this weekend is just not to drink.
Even if you have never been involved in any kind of legal situation before, it is hard to know when trouble might be around the corner. Be prepared by making sure that you have the Rosenthal & Wadas contact information in your phone.
Rosenthal & Wadas encourages you to never drink and drive. Instead choose a designated driver or call Uber of Lyft for a ride. But if you do end up driving after you’ve been drinking and are pulled over, remain calm and follow these steps.
- Slow down and pull over as soon as possible- If you’re signaled by an officer’s flashing lights behind you, use your turn signal and pull over as soon as it’s safe to do so.
- Wait for the officer to approach- Turn off your car, roll down the window and keep your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them. Don’t reach for your wallet or your registration in the glove compartment. Wait to get those things when the officer asks for them.
- Be polite but not chatty- Remain calm and cooperate with the office. Nerves usually make people talk more than normal, and this usually leads to trouble. Stick to “yes” and “no,” and make your answers to open questions concise.
The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family if you are arrested for a DWI is to consult with a Collin County DWI lawyer about your case right away. Rosenthal & Wadas can help you chose the best way to proceed and give you confidence through the entire legal process ahead of you. Our office is available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week – 972-369-0577.