If you’ve ever driven downtown during a drinking holiday, you might have come across a DUI checkpoint. DUI checkpoints are inconvenient for most people, but if you draw attention to yourself, they could lead to much worse. With this in mind, here are three things you should never do while at a DUI checkpoint!
1. Break a Traffic Law
DUI checkpoints are annoying and can take time from your day; however, you are legally allowed to take a different route if a DUI checkpoint is up ahead. Unfortunately, you can only bypass the DUI checkpoint if you can legally turn around and go in the other direction. If you break traffic laws to get away from a DUI checkpoint, police will undoubtedly pull you over!
2. Tell Police How Much You Drank
If an officer asks you how much you drank, this is a good time to enact your right to remain silent. Any affirmative answer will undoubtedly lead to increased scrutiny; however, you also cannot lie and say you didn’t drink when you did. Therefore, if you’re asked this question, it’s a good idea to decline to answer.
3. Don’t Complain to or Backtalk the Officer
When it’s your turn to be questioned by an officer, it’s not wise to complain or backtalk. The police are only doing their job, so if you’re rude or noncompliant, you just put a target on your back. As a rule of thumb when dealing with the police for any reason, being courteous and quiet are two of the best attributes.
We hope this blog helps you the next time you’re at a DUI checkpoint. If you’re ever charged with a DUI, know that attorney Scott Monroe is here to help!