What Should I Do If I Get Stopped After I Have Been Drinking in Texas?

What Should I Do If I Get Stopped After I Have Been Drinking in Texas?
Oct 20, 2017 |

The most important thing to remember is that your ability to keep calm and talk to the officer in a rational manner is important when you are pulled over for suspected driving under the influence. You should not panic. If you have been stopped after drinking, it is important for you to carefully listen to the questions asked directly by the officer. You will need to show proof of valid insurance and a valid driver’s license when stopped by the authorities. You should have these ready or know where to find them easily when you are operating the car.

Allow the officer to inform you about why he stopped you. There is a good chance that you really do not know the reason why the officer stopped you at all. If the officer asks where you have been going, you should understand they are trying to engage you in conversation with the purpose of identifying whether or not you are okay to drive. If the officer asks you if you have been drinking at all, there is a good chance that he or she is patrolling for individuals who may be driving while under the influence. The answers that you provide to the police officer may be important for your continued journey and eligibility to avoid catastrophic consequences.

If you admit that you have been drinking, the officer will ask you how many drinks you have had. This is used to determine his or her opinion of your sobriety. When you admit to three or a couple of drinks, there is a very high chance that the officer will ask you to exit the vehicle and perform exercises before you can be allowed to continue. You are allowed to drink responsibly and keep details of your private life to yourself. Comply with the officer’s request and remain polite whenever possible as this can help to keep the situation from escalating and becoming even more problematic.

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