Sobriety Checkpoints in Colorado Springs
Attorney Defending Against DUI Charges
A sobriety checkpoint is a roadblock that is set up by law enforcement
agents, usually late at night on weekends and holidays, to discover if
the driver of the vehicle stopped is under the influence of alcohol or
drugs. The officer will generally engage in conversation with the driver
and make a determination as to whether the person being questioned may
be under the influence. If the officer suspects that the driver may be
over the legal limit, he can ask for
field sobriety tests to be performed. After administering the tests, the officer may then ask
you to take a breathalyzer test on the spot. Please note that you may
politely refuse to take such tests and this does not violate the
Implied Consent Law. Instead, you can ask that you be taken to a medical facility or police
station to have a
breath or blood test taken.
There are very specific ways that sobriety checkpoints must be conducted.
If violations occur to the procedure, this could constitute an unlawful
police stop. Find out from a committed Colorado Springs DUI lawyer from
The Samuelson Law Firm what your rights are in such circumstances and
a determination can be made as to whether they were violated or not before
you were arrested for
What To Do At DUI Checkpoints
For years, the legality of DUI checkpoints were under question since they
constituted unreasonable search and seizure. Under Colorado law, these
checkpoints are legal since they are sporadic and consistent stops in
random locations. Police officers will questions drivers in these vehicles
to determine whether or not they may be under the influence.
Law enforcement will be looking for:
- The smell of alcohol or drugs
- Admission of alcohol consumption
- Alcohol containers or drug paraphernalia
- Slurred speech
- Bloodshot eyes
- Fumbling for identifying information
If you encounter a DUI checkpoint, there are some steps that can be taken
to help protect yourself. You should try and take an alternate route without
arousing suspicion if possible. If you cannot drive around the checkpoint,
you do not need to consuming alcohol and only provide officers with identifying
information. In addition, you may politely refuse any field sobriety tests.
The less evidence the police have against you, the better chance you have
to get through a checkpoint without incurring criminal charges.
The Samuelson Law Firm: DUI Defense in Colorado Springs
For 15 years, my firm has focused on providing hard hitting DUI defenses
for our clients. We understand that you may have many questions and concerns
concerning what will happen next in your case and whether a favorable
result can be obtained. My staff and I operate at a very high level of
customer service and are available to answer any questions you may have
and keep you fully informed as to the progress of your case. My firm's
clients are treated with the respect and importance that they deserve.
Contact a Colorado Springs DUI attorney
if you were arrested for DUI after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint
and feel your rights have been violated.