What You Need to Know About DWI No Refusal/Zero Tolerance in Collin/Dallas Counties This Holiday Season

By Bo Kalabus; bo@kalabuslaw.com; Office: 972-562-7549



Take my advice: make the taxi companies or Uber some money this holiday season.  Actually, anytime you are out drinking is a good time to call for a ride home—there’s just too much to risk.

This holiday season, however, drivers will be under even more scrutiny from the local police since it will be a “No Refusal Christmas/New Year’s”, or a “Zero Tolerance Holiday Season”

What “no refusal”/”zero tolerance” means is that if you get pulled over on suspicion of drinking and driving you will be given the option of providing a breath or blood sample.  If you refuse to provide a sample, the police will secure a warrant to take a blood sample to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and of course these results will be used against you at your trial.

Expecting a heavy flow of warrants this holiday season, there will be judges on call at all hours of the night to sign the search warrants for the blood draws.  In short, the police will get the evidence they want to build the best case against you, so beware.

Be smart and have a safe holiday season!

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