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 Monroe & King, P.A. 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 the 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, the 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, Monroe & King, P.A. can help you fight your case!
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