DUI Roadblocks in Oklahoma
You may encounter a DUI checkpoint at some time in your life. Typically law enforcement sets up checkpoints on holiday weekends and over the summer—times when parties and celebration mean there may be more intoxicated drivers on the road.
What is the purpose of a DUI checkpoint?
The stated purpose of DUI checkpoints is to deter or detect people who are driving while intoxicated. The Supreme Court has ruled that these checkpoints can do not violate a person’s 4th Amendment Rights as long as they are conducted in a specific manner.
In addition to detecting or deterring DUI drivers these checkpoints are also used by law enforcement officers to write citations unrelated to DUI and to check motorists against outstanding warrants.
What to do at a DUI checkpoint?
Interactions with law enforcement can be unnerving under any circumstances. There are some steps you can take to minimize the likelihood of being further investigated.
- First, remain calm. Stop your vehicle completely.
- Wait for the officer to ask you questions before speaking or taking any actions like reaching for your registration.
- Finally, keep the conversation to a minimum. Answer the questions, and keep your responses to the point.
You are within your rights to turn around before reaching a DUI checkpoint. It is perfectly legal to do so and does not constitute probable cause to pursue you. If you turn around, do so calmly and legally.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI at a checkpoint, contact a lawyer right away. There are many circumstances in which the search and arrest could be considered unlawful. Did the officer follow protocol? Are you physically unable to perform a field sobriety test? Maybe the breathalyzer was malfunctioning. Any of these circumstances could help you avoid the life-altering consequences of a DUI.