It may not be typical to see police officers on the road, flashing lights, and wearing reflective vests to do random DUI checks, but it does happen. In Arizona, a lot of people feel that DUI checkpoints are intimidating. They often feel that they have to prove their innocence when they go through a checkpoint, whether they’ve been drinking or not.
First of all, you have to keep in mind that DUI checkpoints are upheld under the federal constitution. Nevertheless, some drivers choose to avoid the lines, questions, and lights of these operations.
If you do not want to go through a checkpoint, see to it that you do not give the police officers any reason to pull you over. Refrain from making any erratic or illegal driving maneuvers to avoid the checkpoint. Otherwise, you will only draw attention to yourself.
Refrain from making any U-turn if you are not sure that it is safe and legal to do so. As much as possible, you should look for a side street that you can enter before you arrive at the checkpoint.
Once you arrive at the checkpoint, keep yourself cool and composed. Arizona’s DUI laws are tough, so you should keep calm to stay focused on the process.
To avoid panicking, you can research about the DUI checkpoint before you drive to your destination. Check out social media posts and read the news on checkpoints. Usually, there are more checkpoints during the weekends, holidays, and special events.
Don’t forget to prepare any documents you may need such as your auto insurance, registration, and driver’s license. Keep your documents inside your car at all times to avoid any hassle. Store them in a secure location that you can easily access, like the glove compartment.
Of course, you should also keep your vehicle clean and free from suspicious items such as alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and paraphernalia. If you need to use certain medications, see to it that you also have your prescriptions.
If you ever get stopped at a checkpoint, you can avoid incriminating yourself by not volunteering any information. Only answer questions that you are asked. You can also invoke your right to remain silent if you think that answering such questions could put you at risk.
In addition, take note that you have the right to refuse any field sobriety tests if the police officer does not have a probable cause or warrant. Nevertheless, you should always be respectful and polite, even if you decline to take a test.
Remember that no matter how annoying a DUI checkpoint is, it’s still necessary. It’s not there to inconvenience people but to help maintain safety and security in the area. Know your civil rights, but do not be argumentative and hostile.
If ever the worst happens and you are arrested for DUI, remember to find yourself legal assistance. You can contact the Law Offices of Gary L. Rohlwing since we offer DUI criminal defenses, and domestic violence representation in Arizona. You can refuse to answer any more questions until after you meet with an attorney.