DUI Checkpoints and Your Rights
DUI checkpoints were introduced by the Michigan State Police in 1986 to combat drunk driving, but were later outlawed by the Michigan courts. The case was brought to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declared DUI checkpoints legal on a federal level, in 1990. Over 38 states use sobriety checkpoints as of February 2013. These checkpoints pop up on weekends, New Years Eve and Super Bowl Sunday, although they may be used whenever local law enforcement sees fit. Law enforcement sees DUI checkpoints as a tool to reduce accidents by drunk drivers and save lives.
Laws involving driver behavior at DUI checkpoints vary from state to state. Most California drivers don’t know that they can legally drive away from a DUI checkpoint in that state if they don’t want to stop and suffer no consequences. Police must use the same search procedure for each vehicle.
Your charge can be dismissed by the court for several reasons:
- There’s no clear exit route from the checkpoint
- No warning signs precede the checkpoint
- Officers failed to provide proper supervision for the roadblock
A California DUI attorney is familiar with these and other legal ramification of DUI checkpoints. When a trained attorney handles your case, he or she will examine your situation and determine the validity of the checkpoint operation and whether or not you were driving erratically at the time for a reason other than intoxication, like fatigue or illness.
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