I am busting the three most common myths about Texas DWIs! Do you have to take that field sobriety test? What about at a checkpoint during a no refusal weekend? Will a DWI stay on your record forever? I’m Lawyer Alexandria Serra, this is Lawyer Talk Thursday (catch it every week on Instagram @alexandriaserra), and you’re about to find out. Before we jump into it, I want to encourage you NOT to drink and drive! This is a PSA to remember to drink responsibly. First, let’s talk about field sobriety tests. Do you have to do them if you get pulled over? What happens if you take the test and pass? Do the cops just let you go? If you thought you could get out of trouble by cooperating then you’re… Wrong! By doing the field sobriety tests, all you’re doing is creating evidence against yourself. You have the constitutional right not to perform the test. The Standard Field Sobriety Testings are designed for you to fail. So don’t do them! Second, do you think you have a choice to abstain from taking a field test during a no refusal weekend? If you think you have rights in this situation then you are… Correct! You have a constitutional right to refuse any test. Do not blow into a breathalyzer. Make them get a warrant! Lastly, will a DWI be on your record forever? Your DWI arrest, and conviction, are public record … unless you do something about it. If your DWI was dismissed or you’re a first time offender with a conviction, you have options for it not to show on your background check. Pro Tip: You never have to talk about your day to the police, so stop telling them you’ve only had two beers. They don’t believe you. Some would say that the perfect summer night is hanging out by the pool with some friends and enjoying drinks. Now you know what happens when you overdo the booze and aren’t prepared to be pulled over by law enforcement on your way home. Be safe! I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.