keys with bottleEvery so often, and especially around holidays, the authorities will implement DUI checkpoints in their search for drivers who are under the influence. The good news about checkpoints is that not all vehicles are required to stop. The bad news is you might be one of the drivers selected to pull over. If you are targeted at a DUI checkpoint, remain calm, cooperate with the police, but do not volunteer information.

If you received a DUI as a result of a checkpoint stop, keep in mind the following things that are required for checkpoint validity:

● The vehicles chosen to be stopped must be random.

● The police are not allowed to detain you for longer than three minutes.

If you are stopped, you should provide your insurance and driver’s license when asked. If you are asked to take a breath test, you do have the right to refuse, but if you do it is possible a blood test will be administered. Keep in mind refusing a breath test may also result in your arrest and a charge of DUI being made against you. Because a DUI conviction carries serious penalties, it is important that you aggressively defend a case against you. Our staff examines all the facts of your case so an effective defense can be developed.

If you have been charged with DUI as a result of a checkpoint stop, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs. We fight hard to maintain your right to drive and protect your driving record.