What happens when you get pulled over for DWI in Texas?

DWI in Texas

In Texas, if you are pulled over and suspected of driving while intoxicated (DWI), you will be arrested and taken into custody. Here is a general overview of what happens when you get pulled over for DWI in Texas:

  1. The Traffic Stop: If a police officer has probable cause to suspect that you are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they will pull you over. The officer will ask you to provide your driver's license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration.
  2. Field Sobriety Tests: The officer may ask you to perform field sobriety tests to determine if you are impaired. These tests can include walking in a straight line, standing on one leg, and following a pen with your eyes.
  3. Breathalyzer Test: If the officer suspects that you are intoxicated, they will ask you to take a breathalyzer test to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If your BAC is above the legal limit of 0.08%, you will be arrested for DWI.
  4. Arrest: If you are arrested for DWI, you will be taken into custody and transported to the police station for processing. You may be asked to provide a blood or urine sample for testing.
  5. Booking and Bail: At the police station, you will be booked, which involves taking your fingerprints, photograph, and personal information. You may be released on bail, which is a sum of money paid to the court to ensure that you will appear at your court hearings.
  6. Court Proceedings: You will need to appear in court to face the charges against you. If convicted of DWI, you may face penalties such as fines, community service, driver's license suspension, and even jail time, depending on the circumstances of your case.

It is important to remember that driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in Texas, and can result in severe consequences. If you are ever pulled over for suspicion of DWI, it is important to cooperate with law enforcement and contact an experienced DWI attorney as soon as possible.


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