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What is the Mandatory Observation Period?


If someone is pulled over on suspected DWI, there is certain protocol the police officer must follow in order to correctly ascertain whether the person is actually driving under the influence. In order to prevent incorrect or overzealous accusations of an incredibly serious crime, the state of Texas requires police officers watch you for 15 minutes before they administer the breath test to measure your BAC. If this specific action does not take place, the results of your BAC can be completely distorted and it may lead to an inaccurate DWI conviction–negatively affecting your life in a number of ways.

If the officer does not observe you for the full period and instead rushes the process, you are in full rights to debate the charge. Since the police officer may deny the allegation that he or she failed to monitor you according to the law, you don’t want to face the court system alone, as the police officer’s word will almost always surmount your own. However, our Houston DWI attorneys of Tyler Flood & Associates will construct an impermeable defense which will require investigation to prove your test was not overestimated due to residual effects of mouth alcohol, gum, chewing tobacco, or any other external factors.

Contact Our Houston DWI Lawyers Today

Our team of Houston DWI lawyers of Tyler Flood & Associates have helped countless individuals fight back against unfair DWI charges or convictions, because we understand the legal realm better than most. We are aware that a number of factors can affect the process, and we feel it is our duty to expose the faulty aspects of your BAC reading, field sobriety test, and more. Our firm strives to uphold an incredibly high standard of legal counsel, care, and representation–which is why you can rest assured you are in some of the most capable hands possible when you rely on us.

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