DUI Checkpoints are found throughout the state of California. The stops
are desgined to help better ensure that the state's roadways are safe
and to discourage drivers from getting behind the wheel after having too
much to drink or using drugs that could impair their ability to safely
operate a vehicle. Although everyone wants to have safe streets, some
question the constitutionality of these
These questions may be warranted. Officers running a checkpoint are trained
to look for a variety of signs that the driver is impaired by drugs or
alcohol. Police running these stops must follow the law. If an officer
gathers evidence in violation of the basic rules of these stops, the evidence
may not be admissible.
As a result, it is important for those charged with these crimes to take
the charges seriously. If there is enough evidence gathered to lead to
a conviction, harsh penalties can be applied. Criminal punishment tied
to a DUI conviction in California can include imprisonment, required educational
courses and various fines and fees that can result in over $10,000 in expenses.
It is wise for those who are charged to seek legal counsel. In some cases,
as noted above, the evidence gathered at these stops may not be admissible
in court. As a result, those who face drunk driving charges as a result
of evidence gathered from a DUI checkpoint stop may be able to have the
charges reduced or even dismissed. Contact an experienced DUI checkpoint
attorney to discuss your case and help better ensure your legal rights
Source: SF Weekly, "
Sober Up: DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Tonight," Dave Mariuz, June 20, 2014