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Texas police plan Thanksgiving DWI crackdown

For many people, Thanksgiving and adult beverages go hand in hand. However, if you are planning to drink over the holiday weekend, then you should also plan a sober ride -- or just enjoy leftovers at home -- as the Texas Department of Public Safety has promised to be out in full force looking for impaired drivers.

In addition to handing out DWIs, officers will also be looking for speeders and seat-belt violators, a press release stated.

How to avoid a DWI

Of course, the best way to avoid a DWI is to not drink and drive.

Everyone can agree that driving after having too much to drink is a bad choice, especially because it can result in serious injuries or even death. If you find yourself tipsy, the best thing to do is to call a cab or ask a sober friend or relative for a ride.

What to do if you get pulled over

Many of us have been in a situation where we have been at a restaurant or party and we have had a couple of drinks, but we feel fine to drive. However, upon being pulled over by a police officer, we might suddenly question our level of sobriety.

If that happens, take these steps:

  • 1. Be polite and cooperate with the officer. You will never win an argument with the officer on the side of the road. You will only make the situation worse.
  • 2. Politely refuse to answer any questions about where you have been, how much you have had to drink or how intoxicated you believe you are. You have the right to remain silent.
  • 3. Politely refuse to take any field sobriety tests or a breathalyzer test. Ask that you have any attorney present before answering any questions. Again, this is your right.
  • 4. If the officer says you do not have the right to an attorney, stay calm and continue to ask for one.
  • 5. Do not consent to a breath test or blood test. You do not have to take a breath or blood test until the officer can obtain a warrant ordering you to do so.
  • 6. If you end up being charged with drunk driving, or anything else, call an experienced defense lawyer as soon as you can. Do not just plead guilty.

While it can be very difficult to beat a DWI charge in the state of Texas, there could be details about the traffic stop, the arrest or your BAC testing that could result in the charges being dropped or mitigated. However, only an experienced lawyer will know how to defend your rights.

No refusal holiday weekends

Thanksgiving marks the start of the "no refusal" holiday weekends in Texas. That means local law enforcement and judges work together to make it easy for police officers to obtain warrants in order to collect a breath or blood samples.

Keep reading for more information no refusal weekends and your rights after being pulled over in Texas.

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