Answers To Questions About DWIs
A DWI may be your first experience with the criminal justice system in San Antonio. But regardless of whether it’s your first charge or a subsequent charge, you might have questions about the process and what might happen to you. Here are the answers to some common questions we hear at Ramos & Del Cueto, about DWI charges.
Am I required by law to take a breath test?
It is not illegal to refuse to take a breath test when pulled over on suspicion of a DWI. However, refusing to take the test can result in a license suspension up to180 days.
What is the difference between a DWI and a DUI?
A person will get a DWI if they are caught driving a vehicle while in a “state of intoxication” due to drugs or alcohol. Driving “under the influence” is when a minor, anyone 17 years of age or younger, is caught driving a vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system.
What should I do if I am pulled over on suspicion of a DWI?
If you are pulled over on suspicion of a DWI, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Pull over as soon as you safely can.
- Be respectful when interacting with the police officers.
- Do not reveal any incriminating information – if the officer asks you “do you know why I pulled you over?” do not answer “yes” even if you do suspect the reason why.
- You may invoke your right to remain silent at any time.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible.
It’s most important to remain calm and remember your rights when interacting with the police.
Will I lose my driver’s license if I am found guilty of a DWI?
Yes. In all instances, you will lose your driver’s license for a period of time if you are found guilty of a DWI. A first offense can result in up to one year without your license.
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These are just a few commonly asked questions. If you need more information or have more questions, speak to one of our attorneys at Ramos & Del Cueto, in person. Schedule an appointment today. Give us a call at 210-761-6004 or use our online contact form to get in touch.