One of the most common methods that law enforcement will take to enforce the drunk driving laws on Long Beach residents is DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints are an exception to the rule that police officers will need to have probable cause for a traffic stop. Law enforcement has the power to conduct systematic traffic stops to identify drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.
DUI checkpoints can happen at any time and at any time of the day throughout Long Beach, California and surrounding areas. They are most heavily observed during the holidays because law enforcement knows that people typically drink more on the holidays than on other days of the year.
Law enforcement is required to comply with specific procedures when conducting a DUI checkpoint. If the specific laws and procedures are not followed, the validity of the charge can be challenged. If you have been arrested at a DUI checkpoint based on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you should not hesitate to get the help needed from the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau.
What to Do if Arrested at a DUI Checkpoint
After your arrest, you will want to take specific steps to ensure that you have the highest chance of getting your charges reduced or dismissed. Pay attention to the actions taken by law enforcement to arrest and detain you.
Some of the regulations that govern sobriety checkpoints include:
- Criteria for stopping motorists must be neutral
- Safety precautions must be taken by law enforcement
- The checkpoint must be clearly visible to motorists
- Drivers should be detained a minimal amount of time
- DUI checkpoints must be advertised in advance
You will need to obtain a strong understanding of your rights regarding DUI checkpoint arrests. For instance, you have the right to decline an officer's request for a field sobriety test. If you fail to submit to a Breathalyzer, however, serious penalties will result.
The first step you will want to take after being arrested for DUI at a checkpoint is to seek legal counsel. It is important to understand the laws in your state, and our criminal defense attorney can help. You will need our legal help as you fight to get your license back and to carry out the necessary steps for the best possible legal outcome.
Contact our firm today for legal guidance through all steps of the process.