DWI Lawyer in San Angelo, Texas

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  Texas DWI Traffic Stops
InTexas, a law enforcement officer may stop a vehicle to investigate a suspected drunk driver if they see the vehicle weaving between lanes or the motorist otherwise driving erratically.
Oncestopped by a law enforcement officer in Texas, motorists should be polite, since the officer looks for behaviors that may indicate that you are intoxicated.
Your Legal Rights when Arrested for DWI in Texas

Texas DWI Laws can be Really Tough
Know your Rights if arrested for drunk driving in Texas
Contraryto popular opinion, in DWI cases, law enforcement officers are NOT required to inform a person that they are being investigated for a crime and have a right to consult an attorney before answering any questions or performing any sobriety exercises. Yet, motorists are under no legal obligation to submit to field sobriety testing.
Theofficer may check a vehicle for open containers, or see if the driver is slurring thier words or having difficulty answering questions.
Ifpulled over for DWI in Texas, motorists are likely to be asked to take a breath or blood test to determine their blood alcohol content. You CAN Refuse, but you may still be charged with DWI.
Manyofficers, upon arresting a citizen for DWI, will tell the arrested driver, "that if you do not agree to take a breath or blood test your license will be automatically and immediately suspended."
Thisis not entirely correct.

How can they just TAKE my Drivers License?

When you filled out the paperwork for your driver's license, you agreed to consent to a blood or breath test if a police officer suspects you are driving while intoxicated.
This is known as "implied consent."
Theimplied consent law states that anyone who operates a motor vehicle on Texas roadways has agreed to provide a specimen of breath or blood if arrested for DWI and provided with the applicable consequences of refusing to submit to testing.

The officer is not required to give a Miranda warning (eg: You have the right to remain silent...) so long as the motorist is not in police custody. Persons are only entitled to hear ther Miranda rights read to them if actually arrested, or otherwise considered lawfully in police custody, and the officers wish to question them.
License Suspension Proceedure
Anofficer making a DWI arrest (DWI is a Criminal Offense) does take physical possession of your Texas Drivers License, but then in so doing, the arresting officer MUST then also immediately issue a temporary driving permit that expires on the 41st day after the date of issuance. This initiates a completely seperate Civil Law proceeding against the arrested motorist's driving privileges called an Administrative License Revocation, or ALR.
  Thankfully our
4th Amendment Rights
aren't dead just yet!!

Missouriv. McNeely
On April 17, 2013 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) upheld the Fourth (4th) Amendment’s privacy protections by rejecting the proposition that states may routinely compel drivers to submit to a blood test in drunk-driving cases without consent and without a warrant.
This Recent Ruling Clearly states:
If unclear of the situation, it's usually best to make a polite verbal inquiry to the officer, "Am I being detained? Or, am I free to go?" Of course, once arrested, you will be given the statutory warning, in its' entirety. From that moment on, it's certainly in your best interests to politely refuse to answer questions from law enforcement authorities until after you are provided the opportunity to consult with an attorney.
Makinga request to the Court for a hearing to challenge the proposed suspension will delay any ALR sanctions until an administrative hearing takes place. If arrested for DWI in Texas, a licensed driver must act promptly in requesting an ALR hearing, since they have 15 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing (and it must be made in writing).
  " ... motorists' diminished expectation of privacy does not diminish their privacy interest in preventing a government agent from piercing their skin. And though a blood test conducted in a medical setting by trained personnel is less intrusive than other bodily invasions, the Supreme Court has never retreated from its recognition that any compelled intrusion into the human body implicates significant, constitutionally protected privacy interests. "  
If you have been charged with DWI in Texas and need an attorney to protect your legal rights, call
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Smile. Your On Camera.

It can be unnerving when a police officer stops you. But it's extremely important to handle yourself properly. How you are perceived can mean the difference between going home that night or going to jail on a drunk driving charge (or worse). Remember that most traffic stops are recorded on video from the police officer's dash camera. Be polite. Don't argue with the officer and don't touch or threaten the officer in any way. Should the officer ask if you've been drinking, or how much you've had to drink, you may politely refuse to answer. Everything you say to the officer can be held against you in court. You may also decline to take any field sobriety tests. These coordination tests are voluntary, highly subjective, and can be used against you. In order to preserve your rights, you also must clearly verbally declare that you do not agree to any search of your vehicle.
Attorney Paul S. Parker has handled hundreds of Texas DWI cases over his more than 30 years of practice as a lawyer focused on family and criminal law cases. Put Paul Parker's legal experience to work for you!
Manypeople wrongly believe that if arrested for DWI in Texas that nothing can be done to help their case. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are a variety of defenses to DWI, DUI, MIP, or BWI, and many other legal challenges that can be made on your behalf. Many aspects of the sentence are also negotiable.
Ifyou are arrested for DWI or driving under the influence of Alcohol or intoxicating substance anywhere in Western Central Texas, you'll need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you protect your rights and save your driver's license.
Oncearrested for DWI in Texas, you must act promptly in requesting an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing, since you only have 15 days from the date of your arrest to request an ALR hearing (and it must be made in writing).
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a serious criminal offense; conviction of a DWI could result in the suspension of your driver’s license, probation, community service, large fines, installation of a breathalyzer apparatus in your vehicle, and even jail time. Conviction for felony DWI, or any other felony, may limit your right to own firearms, find employment or advance in your career, and prevent you from holding public office.
  DWI Lawyer in San Angelo, Texas
Paul S. Parker, Attorney at Law
is a Member of:
  • Concho Valley Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Paul S. Parker, Attorney at Law is NOT CERTIFIED in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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Paul S. Parker, Attorney at Law, is a Member of the State Bar of Texas. While NOT CERTIFIED in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; Paul S. Parker has chosen to focus his General Law Practice on Family Law matters (including Wills and Probate) and Criminal Law, as well as providing effective DWI/DUI Defense.


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