Every weekend, law enforcement agencies throughout California set up DUI checkpoints on roads that are driven on constantly. If you are being stopped at one of these checkpoints, you have rights. It is important that you understand these rights and what you should do at a DUI checkpoint because it could make a huge difference if you are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Let’s take a look at some of the dos and don’ts on how to handle DUI checkpoints.
What to Do at a Checkpoint
Stop If Asked – The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that DUI checkpoints are legal. You must stop at a DUI checkpoint if you are asked to stop. Law enforcement often makes random stops using a pattern, so don’t panic. Stay calm and follow the officer’s instructions.
Provide Police with Your Information – Many people argue about whether you are required to show police your identification at DUI checkpoints. The best thing to do is roll down your window and provide the officer with your driver’s license and vehicle registration. Failing to provide your information could cause suspicion and lead to your arrest.
What Not to Do at a DUI Checkpoint
Don’t Violate Any Traffic Laws – You are legally allowed to turn around if you see a DUI checkpoint coming up. However, you need to avoid making any illegal maneuvers when you do so. If you make an illegal U-turn or aggressive move, it could be enough for police to suspect you are driving under the influence of alcohol and pull you over.
Don’t Incriminate Yourself – For some reason, many people tell police that they’ve consumed “two beers” when asked if they’ve had anything to drink. This statement could be used against you in a DUI case. You should never answer this question or any questions the police ask you. Politely state that you decline to answer the question.
Don’t Take Field Sobriety Tests – Contrary to popular belief, you can refuse to take field sobriety tests when police ask you to do so. Simply decline to take the test and explain that it is your right to refuse.
Don’t Voluntarily Take Blood or Breath Tests – Police may also ask you to submit to a blood or breath test. You are not required to take these tests unless you are arrested for DUI. In most cases, you should not voluntarily agree to take a blood or breath test.
Contact the DUI Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich
If you or a loved one is facing DUI charges, you should speak to an experienced DUI defense attorney immediately. At Wallin & Klarich, our DUI attorneys have over 35 years of experience successfully defending our clients facing DUI charges in Southern California. We’ve helped thousands of clients in their time of legal need, and we can help you now.
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