A Texas police officer who observes a vehicle being driven in an erratic fashion will likely conduct a traffic stop. If you’re the person driving that vehicle, it’s important to pull over as quickly as possible. This is generally a good idea even if you may be at risk of being charged with impaired driving.
Say as little as possible
It’s not uncommon for an officer to imply that it’s in your best interest to be forthright about how much you’ve had to drink. However, this is generally not the case. Acknowledging that you have had even a single beer may provide probable cause to take you into custody for drunk driving. Furthermore, it may be used as evidence against you at trial. Instead of talking to police, it’s generally a good idea to invoke your right to remain silent and obtain counsel.
Should you agree to take chemical tests?
If you refuse to take a chemical test, your license will likely be suspended. It’s also important to note that authorities can seek a warrant compelling you to provide a blood or urine sample. Therefore, the state might get the evidence it needs to obtain a conviction without your consent.
Don’t say or do anything that might escalate the situation
It may be tempting to run from an officer who is trying to take you into custody. It may also be tempting to kick, scream or curse at those who have ruined what might have otherwise been a good evening. However, the only thing that being disruptive is going to do is increase the odds that you’re charged with additional crimes.