If you find yourself inching ever so closely to a DUI checkpoint, your palms may begin to sweat as hundreds of disastrous scenarios run through your head.
This is even more so the case if you have never gone through a DUI checkpoint in the past, or if you have alcohol in your system.
While there is no way of knowing for sure what will happen at a DUI checkpoint, there are mistakes you need to avoid at all costs:
- Driving in an erratic manner: If you do this, you give the officer more reason to believe you are under the influence of alcohol. Stay in your lane, slow down and come to a stop as you close in on the checkpoint.
- Leaving open alcohol containers in your vehicle: This is obvious, but it’s a mistake many people make. If there is any alcohol in plain view, it goes without saying that the officer will have more reason to believe you’re driving under the influence.
- Talking back: Even if you are not happy with the way you are treated, you should not talk back to the officer. Doing so gives him or her another reason to look more closely, which could result in trouble.
- Making an illegal U-turn: You are in such a hurry to avoid a DUI checkpoint that you make an illegal U-turn and take off in the other direction. While you’re legally permitted to turn around, you can’t make an illegal maneuver to do so.
- Telling the officer that you have legal rights: You don’t need to announce your rights to the world at a DUI checkpoint. Also, don’t tell the officer that the checkpoint is illegal, because this isn’t true.
It’s easy to assume that you will avoid these DUI checkpoint mistakes, but when you come face to face with this situation you could find yourself going down the wrong path.
The best thing you can do is keep your cool and use your common sense.
If you find yourself under arrest at a DUI checkpoint, don’t feel compelled to explain yourself. There is plenty of time for that in the future.
Once you better understand your charges and the next step in the process, you can decide on a DUI defense strategy that gives you the best possible chance of preventing a conviction.