SAN ANTONIO, TX, February 24, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/
-- In the State of Texas, nearly 100,000 DWI arrests occur annually*. Of those arrests, thousands of citizens are wrongly arrested due to police inaccurately declaring a driver impaired. Reportedly, more people are wrongly accused of DWI in a year than any other crime.
Too often, in Texas and across the country if a person's Blood Alcohol Content, (BAC) is under the legal limit, but unable to carry out one or more Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) that may include standing on one leg or following a pen without turning their head is enough to be considered, "impaired," resulting in arrest for DWI. From there, a person may be faced with court appearances, legal fees or in worst circumstances, face guilty charges on a criminal record that can effect a person's ability to keep or apply for a job, school, and more.
"I have seen far too many cases, where a person's life was interrupted by being wrongly accused of DUI/DWI. Consider a handicapped or injured person who is physically unable to carry out a Field Sobriety Test? Or a person who is taking prescribed medications, which causes problems with balance? Do they belong in jail and do they deserve to be arrested?" states DWI attorney, Jamie Balagia
. "The number of people arrested for DUI/DWI is staggering and a red flag signaling that something is very wrong. However, the best way to lower this number is by making certain that all citizens understand their rights when being pulled over by police."
As a former police officer, Balagia knows firsthand what officers know and what they assume. His advice is simple and easy to remember: Invoke your right to remain silent. Tell the officer you want to speak to your attorney before continuing. Refuse ALL tests and never agree or consent to any searches of your vehicle, person, breath or blood. This limits the evidence that can be misconstrued against you in a courtroom and protect you when not guilty.
In today's world, when the public is bombarded by the messaging of "Drink, Drive, Go to Jail," and "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" it is easy to forget that EVERYONE is first PRESUMED INNOCENT unless PROVEN GUILTY.
For further information on how to invoke your rights when pulled over, visit dwidude.comAbout The Law Office of Jamie Balagia
- Law Offices of Jamie Balagia, P.C., is dedicated to the defense of persons accused of drug and alcohol related offenses. The criminal defense lawyers at our firm have extensive training in all areas of criminal defense. We offer excellent representation in misdemeanor and felony criminal drug cases, including Prescription and Illegal Drug Possession, Drug Distribution, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, DWI, DUI, Minor in Possession and all other criminal drug charges. We are experienced at both the State and Federal level. All cases are tackled by our law firm with careful attention to each individual case. Our criminal defense attorneys handle cases in counties from Georgetown to San Antonio (including San Marcos and New Braunfels) and surrounding jurisdictions.
* National Highway Traffic Safety Administration