Whether it’s the weekend or during a holiday, law enforcement officers typically set up DUI checkpoints to deter drunk driving and ensure the roads are safe for others. If you had a few drinks before driving and approach a sobriety checkpoint, you could be arrested and charged with a DUI
If you ever experience this type of situation, here are some tips to follow:
- Remain calm and be polite. Always be respectful whenever you speak with police officers since being angry or disrespectful can be used against you in order to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
- You have the right to remain silent. Avoid answering any self-incriminating questions and invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
- Give your license and registration to the officer upon request. You are lawfully required to provide proper documentation if police officers ask for it. Remember, do not immediately reach for those items because unprompted movements could be interpreted as reaching for a weapon by law enforcement.
- Do not consent to field sobriety tests. It is not mandatory to perform a field sobriety test.
- Do not consent to a search. The law protects you against illegal search and seizure. If any evidence was gathered against you due to an illegal search, it can be considered inadmissible in court.