Colorado residents need to be aware of the fact that they may be stopped at DUI checkpoints throughout the state, as law enforcement officials use this tactic as part of their widespread effort to crack down on drunk driving.
"At a sobriety checkpoint, officers either stop every vehicle or use a specific pattern to stop certain cars on a public road to investigate if drivers are impaired," explains DUICheckpoints.org. "These checkpoints are often set up late at night or early in the morning, when the highest percentage of drunk drivers is on the road."
Many people feel that DUI checkpoints violate their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect them against unreasonable searches and seizures. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that sobriety checkpoints "are justified because the state's interest in reducing drunk driving outweighs the minor infringement on an individual's rights," notes the source.
If you're stopped at a DUI checkpoint, it's imperative that you
know your rights. For example:
• You can refuse a field sobriety test
• You can refuse an officer's request to search your vehicle
• You can refuse to answer any questions that the officer asks you.
For more information about what to do if you're pulled over on suspicion of DUI, check out The Orr Law Firm's helpful infographic.
In the event that you've been arrested for DUI, an experienced Colorado DUI attorney from The Orr Law Firm can take on your case and passionately defend you throughout the entirety of the legal process. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out more about how we can help you.