In Texas, driving while intoxicated (DWI) means drunk driving. Accordingly, the state uses your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to determine whether you’re too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. If you are charged with a DWI in Texas,  much is on the line. Immediately, your driver’s license, your livelihood, even your finances are all at risk. Altogether, this one mistake can turn your life upside down. You made a mistake; You’re not a criminal. If you have been charged with a DUI/DWI  in Laredo, Texas, you have options with a DWI/DUI defense attorney like Joey Tellez by your side.

What should I do if I am stopped for a DWI/DUI?

Drink; Drive; Get arrested!

To emphasize, under Texas law, a person operating a vehicle who is 21 years of age or older and who is intoxicated (has a .08 blood or breath alcohol concentration or is impaired by drugs) can be charged with a DWI. If you were arrested by a DPS Trooper or a County Deputy Sheriff, then you will likely be charged with DWI in the District Court or a Justice of the Peace in the County where you were arrested. If you were detained by a City of Laredo police officer, then you will likely be charged with DWI in the Municipal Court.  In general, here are a few things you should do.

  1. Stay in your car.
  2. Have your license and proof of insurance ready.
  3. Be respectful and courteous to the officer.

Here are few things that you should not do.

  1. Do not say anything or volunteer any information without an attorney.
  2. Do not do any field sobriety tests.
  3. If you have been drinking, do not perform a Breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer. You risk your license being suspended but you may avoid harsher penalties.

If you have been pulled over for suspected drunk driving or you are facing DWI charges or driver’s license suspension, do not wait. Call an experienced DWI/DUI lawyer, Joey Tellez.

Is there a difference between DWI and DUI?

The difference between a DWI and a DUI revolves around to the age of the driver. Most notably, if a person under the age of 21 is pulled over and has any alcohol in his system then the individual can be charged with a DUI. If a driver is under 21, it is illegal to drive with any detectable amount of alcohol in his system. In other words, Texas’s has a zero-tolerance policy. Subsequently, it doesn’t matter whether the minor is impaired by the alcohol. Importantly, a minor (person under the age of 21) can still be charged with a DWI, if the driver has a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater.

Why call Joey Tellez if you’re charged with DWI/DUI?

To be sure, drinking and driving can lead to serious trouble. Consequently, it can result in a 3rd-degree felony charge. Therefore, don’t take any chances with your freedom or your ability to continue driving with your license.  Choose an experienced DWI/DUI lawyer. Choose Joey Tellez, who will fight to provide you the best possible outcome. Click here for a free case evaluation.