Traffic stops are never pleasant – even if you have done nothing wrong. Unfortunately, the stress and pressure of talking with police can cause people to make mistakes that compromise their interests.
If police charge you for driving under the influence or another criminal offense, contact John L. Corn, Attorney at Law. Mr. Corn is a Dallas DUI attorney who has tried more than 2,000 felony cases. He has the knowledge and resources to defend your rights.
To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 214-528-4529. In the meantime, here is a brief overview of how you should behave during a traffic stop:
Police Can Search Your Vehicle If They Have Probable Cause or a Warrant
One reason why drivers make mistakes during a police stop is because they do not understand the concept of probable cause. According to Business Insider, officers cannot simply pull motorists over and search their vehicle. Police must have a valid reason, or probable cause, to pull you over.
It is important to remember that once police have pulled you over for a valid reason, they can then evaluate the situation for any other criminal activity. If they notice illegal drugs in your car, for example, then they have probable cause to search your vehicle.
Always Remain in the Car during a Traffic Stop
There is no legal obligation for you to exit the vehicle when police pull you over. If you feel uncomfortable stepping out of the car, then you can stay seated, but it may make the officer suspicious. Do not exit unless you are comfortable getting out of the vehicle and you know it will not incriminate you in any way.
There Are Consequences to Refusing a Blood Alcohol Content Test
As a driver in Texas, you automatically consent to undergoing a BAC test if police request one. You are free to refuse a blood, breath or alcohol test, but this is not always advisable.
According to the Texas Penal Code, if you refuse to take a BAC test, then the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend your license for 180 days for a first offense, and two years for any subsequent offenses.
When Police Officers Have a Warrant
If the officers have a warrant, then you must let them search your vehicle. The warrant may specify how police can search your property, but if they discover evidence of an unrelated illegal activity in the process, then they can still charge you.
Facing criminal charges can turn a person’s life upside down. It can threaten your freedoms, career and relationships. With the right defense, though, it may be possible to mitigate the penalties or even convince the court to drop the charges altogether.
If you are facing criminal charges in the state of Texas, call Dallas DWI lawyer John L. Corn, Attorney at Law at 214-528-4529. Mr. Corn can evaluate the prosecution’s case against you and aggressively fight for a positive outcome to your case.