Driving while impaired (DWI) is a crime that can result in fines and jail terms. Further, it can limit your employment and housing opportunities and can lead to an increase in insurance rates. In Texas, you are legally drunk when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. But you commit a crime as soon as alcohol or other drugs affect your driving.
If you are charged with this crime, you can fight it. But some mistakes can weaken your defense, including:
Talking to the police without professional help
The easiest way to incriminate yourself is by talking to the police without professional help. Your statements can be used against you. Thus, you should get professional help to know what to say and the questions you should not answer.
Posting on social media
Social media has become a tool for any discussion. Many people use the platform to bring awareness to issues in the country and state. However, this should not encourage you to post about your charge. What you say can be used against you. In fact, it may help to avoid social media until the case is final, as you may be tempted to comment on posts related to DWI, which is also not wise.
Ignoring your case
You should not ignore your case, as its consequences can be serious. For instance, a first-time offense can give you a $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail. You may also lose your driver’s license. And the penalties are more severe with subsequent offenses. Thus, you need professional guidance as soon as you are charged.
These mistakes can affect your DWI case. You should get the right legal knowledge and experience to fight this charge.