There is a lot of anxiety that comes up anytime someone sees a DUI checkpoint. Whether it’s because of confusion regarding the legal limits and how drunk that really is, or because of how long it can take to get through one. Regardless of the reason, no one really enjoys going through a DUI checkpoint. Today, your friends from The Weingart Firm are here to talk about DUI checkpoints and what your options are should you run into one. Should you go through a DUI checkpoint and be charged with a DUI, we encourage you to contact us and speak to one of our lawyers well versed in DUI law about how we may be able to assist with your defense.
Can you turn away from a DUI Checkpoint?
What many people don’t realize is that you are fully within your legal right to turn away from a DUI checkpoint. If you have the chance to make a legal u-turn or any kind of turn before you hit the checkpoint, it is not against the law to do so. You are only required to be searched if you go through the checkpoint and are selected for screening.
While you are within your legal rights to turn away from an oncoming DUI checkpoint, doing so may draw the attention of law enforcement. If you break the law attempting to turn away from a checkpoint or your vehicle is committing a vehicle code violation, such as a damaged tail light or window tint, a police officer can legally pull you over. And, when pulling you over, they will be sure to watch for any signs of drinking prior to driving. In the end, the best solution for avoiding a DUI charge is to simply not drink and drive.
Schedule a Consultation and Case Review in Tempe, AZ
At the Weingart Firm, we understand that being charged with a DUI can be a stressful and embarrassing situation. At our firm in Tempe, AZ, we strive to provide excellent service so that you feel that your case is being properly represented. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, please contact us and schedule a consultation and case review. During your visit, one of our experienced lawyers will work with you to understand your case and figure out just how we can help you. We look forward to working with you soon!