Understanding Your Rights as a Driver

There are three important things to know if you’re a driver and are pulled over by police for a traffic violation or for suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated.

  1. Remain calm and be polite with the officers on the scene.
  2. Don’t answer any questions that you aren’t legally required to answer such as “Where are you going?” type questions.
  3. If you show anger for any reason, you may be assumed guilty or lose favor with the judge and jury in the event a trial is required in your case and the details of the case are scrutinized in open court.

Drivers Rights in Texas

Drivers Rights in Texas

In the event you’re ever stopped by a law enforcement agency in Texas, Houston, League City, Or Galveston, you have at bare minimum, all the rights specified in the following list.

  • You have the right to not answer any questions related to your destination or origination point.
  • You don’t have to answer questions related to whether or not you’ve consumed any alcoholic beverages. One wrong answer about the number of drinks you’ve had and you could be facing arrest for DWI.
  • Refusing to answer any questions related to any medical condition you may have is also your right as an American.
  • You have the right to refuse a search of your vehicle, and the right to refuse field sobriety testing.
  • You may refuse to empty your pockets, interface with a Breathalyzer, or unlock any of your property.

There are a few things that you must do if asked by a Houston, Galveston, or League City, TX area police agency’s officer. If a law enforcement officer asks you for your name, current address, vehicle registration, proof of insurance, or drivers license, you must comply by law and provide the information being requested by law enforcement.

Use Your Head During DWI & Other Stops

When lawfully refusing to cooperate with the police goes south, its usually because of a bad attitude or a condescending nature towards the officers on the scene on part of the detainee. Don’t act belligerent with police as it will make matters worse. Think police brutality.

Whether legal or illegal, any police response to a citizen with a bad attitude is guaranteed to turn out bad for the alleged offender. This is usually the root of evidence planting, false arrests, arrests for disorderly conduct, and in the worst of case, the implementation of police brutality.

Police are people too, and they make mistakes quite often. The last thing you need is to become a victim of edging on a loose-canon type of officer. While we respect police and know that most of them are upstanding citizens in their own right, there are other cops out there with no morality who wouldn’t think twice about slamming your head into their vehicle on “accident”.

If you’re ever arrested for a criminal offense involving murder, drugs, vehicular manslaughter, Driving While Intoxicated, DWI or DUI, contact a lawyer with an impressive resume or ask around to see if anyone you know may know of one who can represent you in the court of law.

The Effect of Alcohol on The Human Body

We all know that the heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages can cause serious health problems, criminal charges as it relates to driving while intoxicated, and a number of other known and unknown damages to the human body. Consuming too much alcohol can create serious implications for your health and also affect the brain’s nervous connections as well as the heart by causing strokes and high blood pressure.

The liver is also negatively affected by the overuse of alcoholic beverages as it will become more susceptible to common liver diseases like cirrhosis and/or fibrosis.alcohol and the human body

Health Effects of Liquor and Alcohol

  • Brain Damage and Mental Changes.
  • Change in behavior and mood swings.
  • Negative Effects on the Heart (Cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmias, Stroke, High Blood Pressure)
  • Various liver damage such as steatosis, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and fibrosis.
  • Pancreatic cancer. Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances which can lead to poor digestion.
  • Mouth, Esophagus, Throat, Liver, and Breast Cancer can also result as a use of alcohol along with damage to your immune system.

The Effects of Alcohol on You

As we have shared so far, alcohol can cause a number of detrimental health effects on the user. Its always important to think when you drink. Although moderate levels of alcohol in your diet can be healthy, if you are getting drunk on a regular basis, or “buzzed”, then you are damaging your heart, liver, pancreas, immune system, throat, mouth, skin, and putting yourself at risk of cancer.

As stated, moderation is key. If you intend to drink responsibly, then this blood alcohol calculator should help you gain a better understanding of the effect that alcohol will have on you based on your physical attributes such as your height, weight, and others.

Understanding how alcohol effects your body will help to curve your health risks, as well as keep you sober enough to prevent a DWI charge in the event that you have to drive home after drinking.

Know your limit!

If you live or conduct business in the Galveston, League City, or Houston, Texas area, and are arrested by law enforcement for driving while intoxicated, or alleged to have been accused of a crime which is commonly referred to as DWI or DUI, contact one of the Houston DWI litigation attorneys at The Law Offices of Tad Nelson and Associates immediately to discuss the details of your case. Contact Information is listed below.

The Law Offices of
Tad Nelson & Associates
1221 Studewood St. #107
Houston,Texas 77008
(713) 802-1631

The Law Offices of
Tad Nelson & Associates
820 East Main Street
League City, Texas 77573
(281) 280-0100

The Law Offices of
Tad Nelson & Associates
1919 Sealy Street
Galveston, Texas 77550
(409) 765-5614