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DWI Tips

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Tips for Preventing DWI

  • Maintain your vehicle to ensure there are no broken lights, expired state inspection or registration stickers, or anything else that can give a police officer the opportunity to pull you over.
  • Set-up a designated driver for the night prior to going out, and two drivers for large groups.
  • If you are too drunk to drive contact a designated driver service, taxi company, or a family member/close friend:
Designated Driver Service: https://www.stearclear.com/ Taxi Cab Locators: http://www.1800taxicab.com/index.htm
  • Take the keys from the intoxicated person who intends on driving!
    • MADD ‘Tips: How to Prevent Someone from Driving Drunk’
      • “Be as non-confrontational as possible.
      • Suggest alternate ways of getting to their destination — a cab, a sober driver, public transportation.
      • Remember that the person you are talking to is impaired — talk a bit more slowly and explain things more fully than if you were speaking to a sober person.
      • Explain that you don’t want them to drive because you care and you don’t want them to hurt themselves or others.
      • Suggest that they sleep over.
      • Enlist a friend to help you or to act as moral support — it’s more difficult to say ‘no’ to two (or three or four) people than one.
      • If possible, get the person’s keys. It is far easier to persuade the potential driver when you hold this leverage.”
  • Wait several hours before you drive, and consume food and water to possibly decrease your blood alcohol level
  • Sleep in your vehicle with the keys in the glove box, the emergency break active, locked doors, sitting anywhere but the driver’s seat, and legally parked. Otherwise, officers may arrest you for DWI.
    • If you are parked in a business or private parking lot and the business is not open, then you have no legal right to park there, and the police will check up on you.

Legal Advice to Possibly Avoid DWI Arrest

  • Have your driver’s license, registration, and insurance easily accessible
  • Pull over immediately, and park in a safe place for you and the officer
  • It is not illegal to drive after you’ve consumed alcohol, but it is a good idea not to do so…
    • Be honest, however do not provide evidence against you
    • DO NOT volunteer the information that you’ve consumed alcohol!
    • However, do not refuse to answer the question as this will lead to further suspicion
  • Note the time the officer pulled you over, as some use this question to assess your awareness
  • Be polite to the officers, and jail staff involved
    • You are being recorded, don’t do anything that the prosecutors could use against you in court
  • You can respectfully decline taking any standard field sobriety tests, such as walking a straight line, and watching the officer’s finger – especially if it is windy or the ground is uneven.
    • Make the police officer aware of any physical weaknesses, such as bad knees.
    • If you do opt to do a standard field sobriety test the officer will note if you waited for the instructions to begin or started without hearing all of the requests
    • If possible choose a breath test, as it’s easier to attack in court.
      • However, denial of a blood, breath, or urine testing will likely result in a license suspension, as the officer has reasonable doubt you are impaired
  • Be observant and note all events leading up to the arrest, and afterwards

How to Calculate if you’re Over .08 (the legal limit in all States)

  • BAC calculator Formula: BAC% = (A × 5.14/W × r) - .015 × H
   Key:
  • A: Total alcohol consumed(ounces/oz)
  • W: Body weight (pounds/lbs)
  • r: Alcohol distribution ratio (0.73 for males, and 0.66 for females)
  • H: Hours passed since consumption
  • Note: These calculations can be inaccurate given:
    • Medication
    • Metabolism
    • Amount of food consumed recently
    • Hereditary/hormonal factors

How Police Officers Identify Drunk Drivers on the Road

  • Driving at high or low speed
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Swerving, drifting, or moving over the center line
  • Stopping abruptly, and braking for no reason
  • Making illegal or wide turns
  • Operating the vehicle without headlights at night
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Near collisions with anything

Legal Tips for After being Charged with DWI

  • If you’ve been arrested contact a family member or close friend to bail you out as soon as possible to avoid prolonged time in jail.
  • Appear at your court date on time, and ask your lawyer questions prior to your appearance
  • If you don’t show up to court a warrant will be issued for your arrest
  • If you need time to find the money to hire the Law Offices of Edwin J. Youngblood politely ask the court for two weeks grace period.
  • If your car has been impounded the Law Offices of Edwin J. Youngblood can assist you in getting it back.
    • If your car is not drivable we can assist you in getting your personal possessions/work tools returned to you or a loved one.

Call the Law Offices of Edwin J. Youngblood at (817)338-4777 to retain an experienced DUI lawyer.

Please call (817)338-4777 for immediate
assistance. (Se habla Español)

DWI Tips

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