Being convicted of a DWI in Texas can be costly, involving heavy fines and changes to your personal finances and lifestyle. Some of these changes include the filing of the SR-22 insurance certificate with the TxDPS, which can result in extensive surcharges. Our DWI lawyer in Lake Jackson at JM Davis Law PLLC has experience and insight when it comes to drunk driving cases. She knows various laws and penalties revolving around driving while intoxicated charges in Texas and can help protect your rights.
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When you have been convicted of DWI or have had your driving privileges suspended or revoked, you will be required to file for SR-22 insurance with your insurance company which will is then required to send the certificate to the TxDPS. This certificate verifies that you have the minimum liability insurance. Those who have to file for an SR-22 must have a copy of the form with them along with their auto insurance coverage whenever they are driving.
Annual surcharges for the Driver Responsibility Program last for three years after a conviction:
The surcharges resulting from the Driver Responsibility Program apply to all motorists who have at least six points on their driving records. Unfortunately, if you are convicted DWI, you will likely be paying the surcharge for three years after your conviction—even if you are able to lower the points on your driving record. For those who are below the poverty line, incentive programs might be available.
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If you know that you can pass the tests when asked to perform them, you can choose to take them--but keep in kind many peiple can't pass them when they are sober! attempt them.
Otherwise, tell the officer you’d like to contact a lawyer, and refuse the field sobriety tests without a lawyer present.
Another approach you could take is asking the officer if you’re required to take the field sobriety tests. The honest answer: no, you’re not.
Stay polite and courteous, but do not apologize or admit to anything. Don’t try to talk your way out of anything, as you will likely incriminate yourself indoing so.
Exercise your rights. When the officer asks you incriminating questions-How much have you had to drink? When did you have your first drink? and so on...explain that your are uncomfortable answering questions of a criminal nature without an attornery present-ask to have your attorney present for any questioning, and tell the officer you otherwise would like to exercise your right to remain silent. Regardless of his response to your statements (“You’re not under arrest” or “You don’t need an attorney”), remain silent.
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