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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 DUI.
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.
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