3 Common DWI Myths

There are many myths circulating about DWI charges and alcohol-related arrests, and unfortunately, some of these myths have caused innocent motorists to unknowingly sacrifice some of their rights when stopped on suspicion of drunk driving.

In the event that you are ever stopped because a law enforcement official believes you are driving while intoxicated, it is important for you to understand the realities behind some of the most commonly-believed DWI myths. If you would like more information on the facts surrounding DWI arrests, charges, and convictions, contact a Dallas criminal lawyer at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today.

Myth #1: If you are asked to take a sobriety test by a police officer, you have to.

Truth: No you do not. In the state of Texas, you have the right to refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test or another field sobriety test. However, it is important to note that refusing such a test could result in other legal penalties, such as the temporary loss of your license.

Myth #2: Breathalyzer tests are an accurate way to measure a person’s BAC.

Truth: Breathalyzers are used by police officers to estimate a person’s BAC, or blood alcohol content. If a person has a BAC greater than .08% while driving, they will face alcohol-related driving charges, such as DWI or DUI. While these tests are treated as objective, fool-proof ways to test for legal intoxication, it has been shown that these tests, in reality, can be highly unreliable and can lead to false arrests for DWI. In fact, many DWI cases have been dismissed because it was later shown that the breathalyzer test used for an arrest was inaccurate.

Myth #3: If I have been charged with DWI, there’s nothing I can do to fight a conviction.

Truth: A DWI charge is NOT the same as a DWI conviction, and it is important for those charged to do everything they can to fight these charges. With the help of an experienced attorney, those charged with DWI may be able to have the charges against them lessened in severity or even dropped altogether.

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If you are facing DWI charges, now is the time to take action. Fighting a DWI alone is risky and difficult, so it is important to get help from an experienced DWI defense attorney. For the legal assistance you need, contact the Dallas criminal attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter.


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