Being pulled over for DUI is scary, but it can be even more frightening to go through a DUI checkpoint. Maybe this is because most people know that if they are pulled over on suspicion of DUI they will probably have to take a breath test or at least answer some hard questions. But at a checkpoint there is no way to know if you will be waived through or targeted for further interrogation. Add to this uncertainty the buzz in the media about your rights at a checkpoint and it can be extremely difficult to know what to do in this situation.
The best thing you can do is arm yourself with knowledge about what makes a checkpoint valid. When you have accurate information about what to expect a lot of the guesswork is taken out of the equation and you can make it through a checkpoint with a low level of anxiety. Three quick facts about DUI checkpoints and what makes them valid include:
- The stops have to be random, so the thought you might be “targeted” should not enter your mind. However if the result is only males are being stopped or a certain race or ethnic group was stopped more than others, then you should defend any DUI resulting from the checkpoint by attacking the stop’s validity.
- Stops cannot last forever and those that are unfortunate to be stopped have to be allowed to go on their way within a matter of minutes. This means if you are able to remain calm and composed you should not be detained further.
- If advance notice was not given to the public about the details of the checkpoint, it is not a valid checkpoint.
Seeking immediate legal assistance is always a good idea if you are in trouble with the law, and if the case against you is a DUI the need is even more urgent. There are certain things you have to do right away when defending a DUI if you want to hang on to your right to drive. Call us right away to find out what your next step should be and how we can best defend you. One of experienced DUI defense attorneys is here to help you today.
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