Driving while under the influence (DUI) charges can result in severe penalties for the accused; that’s why it’s crucial you be on your best behavior at a DUI checkpoint. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how or what they should do at a DUI checkpoint, but luckily Scott Monroe Law is here to help. In this blog post, we will talk about three things you should do at DUI checkpoints.
1. Stay Calm
When police pull you over at a DUI checkpoint, it isn’t necessarily because you broke the law or look drunk. In fact, police must follow a procedure that randomizes whom they’ll pull over when stopping cars at a DUI checkpoint. For example, when establishing a DUI checkpoint police may decide to follow a rule such as, “stop every third car.” Therefore, if you’re stopped at a DUI checkpoint, stay calm: it’s more than likely an unlucky coincidence.
Many people believe that police can’t stop them at a DUI checkpoint because it’s unconstitutional. While police typically must adhere to laws regarding probable cause (having a legal reason to pull you over) during traffic stops, they do not have to follow these laws to stop you at a DUI checkpoint. Therefore, if police ask you to stop at a DUI checkpoint, you should always stop.
3. Keep Quiet
During a routine DUI checkpoint, police will ask you a series of questions to gain information about your condition. On the one hand, it’s never advisable to lie to police about drinking alcohol if you’ve had something to drink; on the other hand, it’s never advisable to answer questions that would lead to self-incrimination. Therefore, when an officer asks you a question about your night that could lead to more questions, always exercise your fifth amendment rights and refuse to answer.
We hope this information guides you through a routine DUI checkpoint. However, if you are charged with a DUI, Scott Monroe Law can help you fight your case!
Call (904) 474-3115 now for a free consultation concerning your DUI case!