There has been a lot of media attention given to the issue of DUI checkpoints lately. The validity of this method for making a DUI arrest is under attack, and it is important to understand what is allowed and what is not allowed. First and foremost, if you are pulled over at a DUI checkpoint you should remain calm. What you do after the initial stop could set the tone for the entire experience, and might be used against you later.
Other important information to know if you have been charged with a DUI at a checkpoint includes knowing some of the rules for checkpoint validity. To be valid, a DUI checkpoint must:
● Chose vehicles at random.
● Be made “advertised” to the public in advance.
● Keep the stop to a 3 minute time frame and no longer.
Even if you have not been charged with DUI at a checkpoint, these things are good to know in the event you are pulled over at checkpoint at some time in the future. As with any DUI case you need to put on a solid defense and act quickly. Your right to drive, the amount of insurance you pay, and the number of points on your driving record depend on an effective DUI defense. For more information about your specific case, call us to review your case with an experienced DUI defense attorney.
For more information about DUI checkpoints, call our office. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.