Do Police Have to Tell Suspects That the DWI SFSTs are Voluntary?

This question via the internet. (Feel free to email me other questions about Texas DWI laws.)

Well, let me change the way the question is phrased. It’s a standard question I hear, but from those who have already been arrested and charged with DWI. Invariably, it comes from someone who took the standardized fields sobriety tests (SFSTs), and more likely than not, is let’s say ‘nervous’ that they didn’t do so well on them.

In that instance, what the client is really asking his DWI lawyer is, “The police officer didn’t tell me I could refuse to do the tests. Can you get them thrown out / ignored / suppressed?”

No, at least not on that basis. Police are not required in Texas, or anywhere else that I’m aware of, to tell DWI suspects that they may politely refuse. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

I’ve seen quite a few DWI videotapes from Austin arrests where the officer tries to convince the person out on the scene that they should take the tests, even after they politely refuse. Some of the time the officer pretends to not understand that my client is even exercising their right not to submit to the tests.

Other times, they’ll say “OK, but you don’t know what I’m going to ask you to do… Let me just demonstrate the test for you…”

The ‘demonstration’ of course, includes standing with your feet together, hands at your side, place your right foot in front of your left foot, stay in that position until I tell you to start… in other words: the test has begun before the officer fully demonstrates it.

However, there’s a more important aspect of this question from my perspective. It’s what I call ‘spilt milk’.

If you’ve recently been arrested for DWI, more likely than not, you’re playing the ‘split milk’ game. 

  • If only I had turned right instead of going straight. 
  • If only I had left the bar earlier (later?)
  • If only I had taken a cab. Etc., etc.

There’s no point crying over spilt milk. We’ve got to play the cards we’re dealt, and that’s OK. I tell my clients to give themselves 2 or max 3 more days to beat themselves up over the arrest, and then let’s get on with building our defense.

In Austin, the DWI process takes several months, four to six months usually, sometimes longer. You’ll drive yourself crazy if you play “I should have done this differently” the whole time.

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DWIAttorney - February 2, 2008 4:34 PM

Just a point about the "spilt milk" game. A lot of people I talk to seem to experience the same phenomenon. I tend to advise them that they are lucky no one was hurt. A homocide charge is much more serious than a DWI charge.

himcha - September 9, 2009 11:08 PM

전세계 평균 남성의 길이는 15cm입니다

이정도 길이로는 당신 파트너에게 만족을 줄수없읍니다

에렉시움 파-워

이제 다시시작하세요,파-워를 실감합니다

완벽한 남근확대 4주 코스

4주 복용으로 음경확대 완전 해결 합니다
자연적인 길이, 두께의 증가
지속적인 힘
성적 충만도
강력한 올-가즘

시알리스 보다 더좋은 천연시알리스,
비아그라 보다 더좋은 천연비아그라,
성기확대의 해결사 에렉시움,
정력제의 대명사 천연정력제 에록실

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회원가입하시면 즉시 할인가격 주문하실수 있읍니다.


정말 효과적인 성기확대 제품인것같습니다.
1일 3정을 복용하였으며, 4주 후부터 결과가
나타났는데 아내가 말하길
"너무 행복하다고 말했습니다"
4개월 복용후 약 1.5인치의 음경확대가 되었으며
두께가 굵어졌읍니다
이제 사우나를 가도 더이상 남부럽지 않습니다
Whyte Haule, 49, Silver lake, ON

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himcha - November 1, 2009 12:33 AM

여기 캐나다인 만이 즐기는 비방이 있읍니다

북국의 긴긴밤이 짧을수밖에 없는

에렉시움 파-워

이제 다시시작하세요,파-워를 실감합니다

완벽한 남근확대 4주 코스

4주 복용으로 음경확대 완전 해결 합니다
자연적인 길이, 두께의 증가
지속적인 힘
성적 충만도
강력한 올-가즘

시알리스 보다 더좋은 천연시알리스,
비아그라 보다 더좋은 천연비아그라,
성기확대의 해결사 에렉시움,
정력제의 대명사 천연정력제 에록실

www.himcha2.net


정말 효과적인 성기확대 제품인것같습니다.
1일 3정을 복용하였으며, 4주 후부터 결과가
나타났는데 아내가 말하길
"너무 행복하다고 말했습니다"
4개월 복용후 약 1.5인치의 음경확대가 되었으며
두께가 굵어졌읍니다
이제 사우나를 가도 더이상 남부럽지 않습니다
Whyte Haule, 49, Silver lake, ON

www.himcha2.net 힘차

비번 1111

더이상 게시를 원하지않으시면 아래로 꾝

주소 남겨 주세요
감사합니다

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