Whether it’s the weekend or during a holiday, law enforcement officers typically set up DUI checkpoints to deter intoxicated driving and keep motorists safe on the road. If you encounter one of these checkpoints and had a few drinks before operating your vehicle, there is a chance you may find yourself arrested and charged.
If you ever experience this type of situation, here are several tips to follow:
- Remain calm and be polite. Always be respectful whenever you speak with police officers since they may use your behavior against you in order to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
- You have the right to remain silent. Avoid answering any questions that would incriminate you or cast you in a negative light.
- Hand over your license and registration 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.