Police all over the country are cracking down on driving under the influence or alcohol and drugs. With this, they’re hoping to keep every driver and pedestrian as safe as possible.
There are times when police spot drivers who appear to be intoxicated, pull them over, and then go through the process of determining if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
There are also times when a DUI checkpoint is set up in an attempt to check as many drivers as possible in a short period of time.
While you may go your entire life without ever running into one of these checkpoints, here is what you should expect to happen if you find yourself in this situation:
- An officer will ask you to stop and then he or she will approach your vehicle. You should expect this to happen, as the officer will want to see your face, ask you questions, and peak inside your vehicle.
- You have the option to turn around as opposed to traveling through the checkpoint. While this alone isn’t enough for an officer to stop you, they can do so if they see you make an illegal maneuver, such as an illegal U-turn.
- You never know what will happen. In some cases, you may drive right through the checkpoint after one question from an officer. Other times, however, an officer may request insurance and license documentation. And of course, if they have any reason to believe you have been drinking, even if you haven’t, they may perform a field sobriety test.
As you can see, a lot can go on at a DUI checkpoint. Unfortunately, it’s possible that you could find yourself in hot water as the result of an overzealous officer.
If you are arrested at a DUI checkpoint, you shouldn’t hesitate to immediately turn your attention to your legal rights. As your case moves forward, you’ll want to focus on the ins and outs of the legal system, as well as the defense strategy you can use to help avoid the most serious punishment.