Continuing from DUI Defense: When DUI Arrests Happen at Sobriety Checkpoints (Part 1), the following is some additional information regarding sobriety checkpoints and their role in DUI defense cases. While Part 1 of this blog focused on the importance of working with an experienced DUI defense lawyer when DUI arrests occur at sobriety checkpoints, here in Part 2, we will focus on the specific legalities that police must follow when operating these checkpoints.
According to the Supreme Court, sobriety checkpoints – and associated DUI arrests – are only considered to be legal if:
- The checkpoint is set up at a specific location for a discrete amount of time (i.e., police have to have established ahead of time how long they will be operating the sobriety checkpoint, and they must stick to this schedule).
- Police have a nondiscriminatory method of stopping cars (e.g., they can stop every car, they can stop every third car, etc.).
- When changing the method of stopping cars due to, for example, weather conditions, police record the new nondiscriminatory method they will use, and they document why the method has been changed (as well as what time the method was changed).
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