Jeremy Jeffress, a relief pitcher for the TX Rangers, was recently arrested for a DWI according the Dallas Country records. The officer pulled him over after he switched lanes without signaling. When the cop noticed the athlete had blood shot eyes he conducted a sobriety test.
Jeffress was in the process of driving a woman home from a nightclub. The cop reported multiple signs of intoxication during his test. The police also found what they believed to be marijuana in the car, but the pitcher denied that it belonged to him, and stressed that he had driven multiple passengers earlier in the night. He did, however, admit that he had been drinking.
It’s doesn’t seem that Jeffress really did everything he could to protect himself. Like many people, it appears he was too frightened by the arrest to think too critically about the situation. According to the report, he partially admitted guilt by telling the officer how much he had been drinking. Here is a look at what to do if it happens to you.
What Should You Do If You’re Arrested for a DWI?
DWI is a serious crime. You could lose your license, incur fines or even face jail time. The best way to avoid this is to never drink and drive, but if you made a mistake, there are ways a good criminal attorney can help. Since many of our attorneys are former police officers, we offer unique insight into how law enforcement operates.
You do not have to answer any incriminating questions just because a cop asks you. Jeffress did not need to say he had been drinking, for instance.
Additionally, in Texas, you do not have to agree to a field sobriety test like Jeffress did. If you choose, you can also refuse a breathalyzer test. This will risk getting your license suspended, but you might decide it is worth avoiding other consequences. Be sure to behave calmly and respectfully to the cops, but seek the counsel of an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you call us, the more we can help.
It doesn’t appear this Texas pitcher made the best of a bad situation, but if you get help early on, you may be able to mitigate the negative consequences of a DWI.
Julian, Crowder & Shuster, P.C., is a Lewisville criminal law firm that fights aggressively to protect you and your rights.