If you get arrested for drinking and driving, you could face significant consequences. For example, you may have to spend time in jail, pay a large fine, participate in community service and forgo your driving privileges for a certain period of time.
You could face consequences for a DWI if, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, you drive with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08% or above. After the arrest, take the following steps to protect your rights.
1. Write down your account
The longer you wait to write down what happened during the DWI arrest, the harder it will be for you to remember. As soon as possible, sit down and outline what happened prior to the arrest and what occurred during the arrest from your point of view.
2. Determine eyewitnesses
Think about who might have witnessed the DWI arrest or who was with you at the time of the arrest who may be willing to advocate for you and your case. For example, if you were out with friends, they may be willing to attest that you did not have very much to drink before you started driving.
3. Avoid talking about the arrest
Do not talk about your DWI or the arrest process with anyone until after you go to court. The only person you should speak with between the arrest and the sentencing is your attorney.
It is normal to feel overwhelmed and worried about the future after you get arrested for a DWI. Instead of ignoring the charge, be proactive in the days that follow to protect your interests.