Whether you are a new driver or have been on the road for years, seeing flashing police lights is always intimidating. Police officers routinely conduct traffic stops to identify impaired motorists, called DUI or sobriety checkpoints.
In general, police officers must observe some indicators of impaired driving to pull someone over for suspicion of a DUI. While it appears that DUI checkpoints go against that rule, they have been deemed legal in Arizona. With that being said, it’s important to know how to proceed when you’ve been stopped at one and what your rights are.
What Happens at a Sobriety Checkpoint?
As you approach a checkpoint, remain calm and drive carefully. Once you are stopped, an officer will have you roll down your window and ask a series of questions. You’ll provide your driver’s license, car insurance, and registration and answer where you are coming from and where you are headed. You do not need to engage in conversation further than what they are requesting.
If a police officer suspects you of being intoxicated, they may ask you to perform a field sobriety test. These tests are notoriously difficult even for sober motorists, and even a “pass” could be used against you to justify an arrest. It’s important to know that you have the right to decline. While officers cannot physically force you to perform a test, a driver who refuses may still be arrested.
Contact an Arizona DUI Defense Attorneys
Despite DUI checkpoints being legal, police officers must abide by strict rules. Any deviation can result in a case being dismissed. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Arizona, you should call an attorney immediately. Having the right legal defense is crucial to defend your rights and minimize any damage. Our attorneys at Oliverson & Huss Law PLLC are here to help.
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