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Tips for Preventing a DWI Charge:

Keeping a well-maintained vehicle, does not give a police officer the opportunity to pull you over.

  • Make sure there are no broken lights.
  • Make sure your state inspections and registration stickers are up to date.

Do not drink and drive:

  • Make sure you have a designated driver, and two drivers for large groups.
  • Contact a driver service, taxi company, UBER, or a family member or close friend.
  • Take the keys from an intoxicated person who intends to drive!

MADD ‘Tips: How to Prevent Someone from Driving Drunk’

  • Be as non-confrontational as possible.
  • Suggest alternate ways to get home, like a cab, sober driver, or public transportation.
  • Remember that the person you are talking to is inebriated, speak slowly, and explain.
  • Get the keys from the person.
  • Suggest they stay the night at your house.
  • Ask others to help talk them out of driving. It is harder to say “No” to multiple people.

Some other ideas for you or a friend.

  • Wait several hours before you drive. Get something to eat and drink lots of water. This may possibly decrease your blood alcohol levels.
  • Sleep in your vehicle: Put your keys in the glove box, set the emergency break, lock your doors, and sit anywhere but the driver’s seat. If you are in the driver’s seat, officers may still be able to arrest you for a DWI.

TAXI & DRIVER SERVICE APPS

Ever wonder how a police officer identifies a drunk driver on the road? They look for the signs you are giving them.

  • Driving at a high or low speed
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Swerving, drifting, or moving over the center line
  • Stopping abruptly or 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

Call the Law Offices of Edwin J. Youngblood at (817) 236-4242 to obtain an experienced DWI attorney today!

This is legal advice that may help you avoid a 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, but do not provide evidence against yourself
    • 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, some officers will use this question to gauge your awareness
  • Be polite to the officers and jail staff if you are arrested
    • 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 would note if you waited for the instructions to begin or started without hearing all the requests.
    • You should always choose to take a breath test, as it’s easier to attack in court.
      • Refusing to take a Blood, breath, or urine test will likely result in your license being suspended, as the officer has reasonable doubt that 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
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Legal Tips for After Being Charged with a 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. If you have questions, make sure you have asked your lawyer 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 get your finances together to hire the Law Offices of Edwin J. Youngblood, politely ask the court for a two-week grace period so you can get representation
  • 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 will assist you in getting your personal possessions/work tools returned to you or a loved one

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