Texas - DWI Driving Behaviors

The Austin, Texas police department has the authority to pull a driver over if they are driving erratically, or deemed to be unsafe on the road, and test them for driving while under the influence. Texas leads the nation in DWI fatalities and the Austin DWI Enforcement Team is in place to make the roads safer for all drivers and passengers. If you have been charged with drunk driving you need the Austin, Texas DWI defense attorneys at Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins, P.C. Defending people against all kinds of criminal charges, including misdemeanors, has been our mission for the last four decades.

When an officer stops you for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, he will first talk to you with you while you remain in the car. He will be looking for the following symptoms associated with drinking:

  • Odor of alcohol on the driver's breath or in the car
  • Open containers of alcohol in the car
  • Slurred speech when responding to questions
  • Watery, blood shot, or red eyes
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Difficulty in understanding questions

If the officer believes you are drunk he will then ask you to take field sobriety tests such as reciting the alphabet or maintaining your balance while standing on one leg, and potentially arrest you for DWI.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a DWI, it is important to act fast and protect your rights by securing experienced legal representation. Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins will get you the best shot at being able to continue driving and avoiding jail time and stiff fines.

Recognize Drunk Driving Behaviors

If you are going to drink alcohol, always remember the national mantra “don’t drink and drive” If you believe you see a drunk driver on the road, stay well away from the vehicle and call the police. Drunk drivers risk their own lives as well as the lives of others.

Typical signs of drink driving behavior includes:

  • Driving without using headlights,
  • Unable to stay within the lane and straddling the center or lane marker,
  • Driving too fast or driving too slow,
  • Taking wide turns or turning abruptly or illegally,
  • Slowing down and speeding up erratically,
  • Weaving and drifting,
  • Following too closely,
  • Driving too close to side objects and almost striking object or vehicles on the side of the road

Contact an Experienced DWI Attorney Today

We represent clients in Austin, TX and the surrounding communities, including: Hays County (Buda, Dripping Springs, Kyle, San Marcos, Wimberley); Travis County (Creedmoor, Elroy, Manor, Pflugerville); Williamson County (Cedar Park, Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Florence, Leander, Round Rock, Taylor); Bastrop County (Bastrop, Clearview, Elgin, Rockne, Smithville); Comal County (Bulverde, Canyon Lake, Gruene, New Braunfels, Sattler, Startzville); Burnet County (Bertram, Burnet, Marble Falls); and Caldwell County (Lockhart, Luling).

The Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins, P.C. lawyers know Texas law. Don’t delay - you should move quickly when contacting us if you have been arrested for a DWI. We can be reached in Austin, TX, by phone at (512) 476-4873, by email at pamelab@mbfc.com, or by filling out this online form.

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