Posted on February 8, 2021 in DUI
Car accidents are the leading cause of death among healthy adults in the United States. The most common cause of fatal car crashes is drunk driving. While less than 4% of car crashes are related to drunk driving in Arizona, more than 30% of drunk driving crashes in Arizona are fatal.
Due to the high fatality rate of drunk driving accidents, Arizona law enforcement dedicates much of their time and resources to removing drunk drivers from state and local roadways. One standard method law enforcement uses to crack down on drunk driving is the use of DUI checkpoints.
A DUI checkpoint is a planned, coordinated effort between the county, city, and state law enforcement. The checkpoint itself is a temporary road barricade marked by cones, flares, or floodlights. Typically one officer checks drivers for signs of intoxication as drivers approach in their vehicles while another officer in a separate area conducts field sobriety tests.
Signs of intoxication an officer may be on alert for a while visually inspecting drivers may include:
When an officer suspects a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the officer asks that driver to pull to the side of the road for further examination. Otherwise, the officer will have the driver continue on their way.
In the event you are unfamiliar with DUI checkpoints or are unsure how to proceed when you encounter a DUI checkpoint, the following advice can help you through the process as smoothly and as quickly as possible while preserving your legal rights. Keep the following in mind at an Arizona DUI checkpoint:
It is wise to exercise your right to remain silent as the state can use anything you say or do against you at a later time.
Remember, if you are sober, stay patient. You will move through the DUI checkpoint fairly quickly. DUI checkpoints are a temporary delay meant to keep you and everyone else on the road safe from intoxicated drivers.
If a police officer arrested you or someone you know at a DUI checkpoint, there are professionals who can help. The DUI defense attorneys at Rosenstein Law Group regularly defend people just like you against DUI checkpoint arrests, and we want to help you find a solution to your charges.
At Rosenstein Law Group, our attorneys will attack all aspects of a DUI checkpoint on your behalf. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Do not put your future or freedom on the line. Rosenstein Law Group has the experience, skills, and knowledge needed to provide an effective, strategic defense on your behalf.
At Rosenstein Law Group, our attorneys will handle all aspects of your DUI case and will explain your legal options to you in full. It is imperative that you clearly understand both the benefits and downsides of any legal choice before making a decision.
Call or email Rosenstein Law Group for your free initial consultation. Our DUI defense attorneys are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to take your call.