Holiday parties in Texas often don’t seem complete without a few alcoholic beverages on the menu. Enjoying a glass of egg nog or cup of mulled cider in moderation is frequently considered tradition. However, the area subsequently sees a rise in arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Avoid being pulled over, charged, and found guilty of a DWI with these straightforward and easy tips.
Calculating how much alcohol it takes you to reach the legal limit of 0.08% isn’t easy. There are inexpensive breath tests that consumers can purchase to keep in their cars, or you can download an app on your phone that helps you calculate your blood alcohol content, also called your BAC level.
Factors that impact your BAC includes both basics like age and gender and things that change from day to day, such as what you ate, how much you ate, how “hard” the alcohol was that you consumed and how fast you drank it.
If you end up overindulging during the holidays, you’re not alone. Hopefully, you’ve planned ahead of time to have a sober driver to take you home if you don’t feel safe to drive. If not, don’t take the risk of getting behind the wheel. Instead, call a cab or a ridesharing service like Lyft or Uber.
It’s always important to know what your rights are when being stopped or interviewed by the police. In the case of a DWI stop, this is even more important. The police officer may ask you to get out to take a field sobriety test, but it isn’t a legal requirement. It’s entirely voluntary and usually in your best interests to decline.
The best chance you have for a favorable verdict lies in the hands of an experienced DWI attorney. Your lawyer can assist you with gathering critical evidence and presenting it to the court in the best possible light to help decrease the chances you’ll be convicted or penalized harshly.
Texas takes drinking and driving penalties seriously and if you’re charged with a DWI, you face jail time, fines, and more. Fort Bend criminal defense and DWI attorneys Segura & Kiatta can help protect your legal rights, your criminal record, and your future by zealously advocating for you against drinking and driving charges. Call 281.570.6400 today for your initial consultation.