Law enforcement departments all over the state of Pennsylvania conduct DUI checkpoints randomly throughout the year. They are required by law to tell residents when these checkpoints will be taking place, but they are not required to say the exact locations where they will set up shop. If you stand accused of drunk driving after being stopped at one of these checkpoints, legal counsel may be able to help you fight it.
If people knew where DUI checkpoints were going to be, they would likely find other routes to their destinations. Unfortunately, law enforcement can set them up wherever they want as long as they have given official notification to the public. Once in line at a DUI checkpoint, it can be hard to get out of it.
When stopped at a checkpoint, an officer will conduct a short interview and look for signs of impairment. If they believe sobriety tests are warranted, they will ask you to participate. You have the right to say no, but doing so is not without administrative and criminal consequences. If you end up arrested and charged with drunk driving, you will likely be taken to jail — even if just for a short while — and processed. It is not until your official trial that you will be able to properly defend yourself against the charges against you.
DUI checkpoints do serve a valuable purpose when it comes to public safety. Unfortunately, sometimes unwarranted drunk driving arrests occur at these checkpoints. If you were arrested following a stop at a DUI checkpoint, an experienced criminal defense attorney can review the details of the event, question officer behavior and actions, question any sobriety test results, and seek to have any charges against you minimized or dropped entirely. To learn more about how legal counsel can be of assistance to you when dealing with a DUI charge in Pennsylvania, please visit our firm’s website.