As you approach a DUI checkpoint, your hands may begin to sweat and your stomach could become upset. Even if you're 100 percent sober, there's something scary about coming face to face with a police officer at a checkpoint.
Knowing what to expect at a DUI checkpoint can go a long way in helping you avoid an arrest. Here are three things to consider.
You can turn around
You have the legal right to turn around before you reach the checkpoint, as long as you do so without breaking the law (such as by making an illegal U-turn). If an officer sees you turning around, they may assume you have something to hide. While this alone isn't enough to stop your vehicle, if you do anything illegal an officer may pull you over.
As you approach the checkpoint, slow your vehicle and follow the direction provided by the officer. Don't argue with the officer.
If you believe the officer makes a false arrest, it's best to cooperate and consult with an attorney after the fact.
The conversation and search
The officer may ask a variety of questions, such as "Have you been drinking?" You have the right to ask that an attorney speaks on your behalf if you are uncomfortable answering questions.
The stop may also entail a request for your license, registration and insurance information. If an officer requests that you take a breathalyzer or another chemical test, you have already implied your consent to take the test.
Refusing a test will likely result in the same penalties if you had failed the test.
If something goes wrong
Those who are charged with driving under the influence (DUI), will be taken to a local station for processing.
If you find yourself in this situation, you may request that an attorney speaks on your behalf. This will ensure that you don't say anything that could be used against you during your trial.
From there, a skilled attorney can help you devise a strategy to fight for the best outcome from your case.