Know Your Rights
Helpful Information from the DWI Lawyers at Bailey & Galyen
If you are pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving, knowing your rights can eliminate most uncertainty and help you avoid being manipulated by police or law enforcement officers. This page provides a summary of your basic rights when subjected to a traffic stop. For more information, contact the DWI attorneys at Bailey & Galyen.
At Bailey & Galyen, we offer decades of experience to people charged with drinking and driving in Texas. We will handle all matters related to your arrest, from the administrative license revocation (ALR) proceeding to the criminal hearing to determine penalties. We will take the time to learn the specific details of your case so that we can develop a strategy to meet your needs. We will also keep you fully advised of all your case’s developments as well as your options so that you can make good decisions.
Your Rights When Stopped for Suspicion of Drinking and Driving
Your first right is to remain silent. The first question the officer will likely ask you is if you have been drinking. You don’t have to answer that question and you cannot be arrested or have your license suspended for not answering the question.
The police officer may then ask you to take a field sobriety test. You have the right to refuse to take the field sobriety test, though police officers will seldom, if ever, tell you this.
You do not have the right to consult an attorney before taking a field sobriety or blood alcohol test, but can make the request anyway. The law does not prohibit an officer from allowing you to call an attorney before submitting to any test.
If the officer places you under arrest, you must immediately be advised of your Miranda rights, including the right to a lawyer, the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney present and the right to terminate an interview at any time.
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At Bailey & Galyen, we provide comprehensive legal counsel to individuals facing a potential DWI across Texas including Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Carrollton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Mansfield, Mesquite, Midland/Odessa, Plano, Texarkana and Weatherford.