SANDRA L. WELLS
ATTORNEY AT LAW

DUI CHECKPOINTS


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f you were stopped at a DUI Checkpoint and charged with Driving Under the Influence, The Law Office of Sandra Wells will be able determine whether or not your stop was valid. DUI or Sobriety Checkpoints are temporary roadblocks set up by local law enforcement to catch drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicant. At a DUI Checkpoint, the officers will either stop every vehicle or use a use a predetermined pattern in order to determine which vehicles will be stopped.

Typically officers assigned to a DUI Unit or Tasks Force have been trained to detect both alcohol and drug impairment.Some of the officers are certified as Drug Recognition Experts (DRE’s).

 

Once there is reasonable suspicion to believe that a driver is impaired, they are required by law to submit to either a breath alcohol or blood test (BAC). An intoximeter is used to measure the alcohol content in one’s breath and can be done on the spot; however you may also be transported to the local hospital for a blood test. Officer discretion determines which test you used.

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS

Statistics show that October is the most common month of the year to be arrested for Driving Under the Influence followed by March and May; although I typically see an increase during the months of December and January or during a holiday weekend. Friday is the most common night for DUI arrests with Saturday and Thursday being the next most common.

              

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