Georgia allows sobriety checkpoints to be set up throughout the state, however there are some restrictions and procedures that must be followed. The checkpoint location must be announced. There must be a legal reason to set up a checkpoint, such as increased DUI arrest in that particular area. Every vehicle must be stopped and law enforcement officials must have probable cause to suspect some one of DUI before making an arrest. In addition to these rules, a supervisor must also approve a checkpoint. Meaning, officers cannot set up what is often referred to as a “rolling checkpoint” whenever and wherever they wish.
If you find yourself at a checkpoint you will be asked to provide your drivers license and registration and you may even be asked whether you have been drinking. You are required to provide your license, registration, name and address- but you do not have to answer any more questions beyond that—especially if the officer asks if you have been drinking. While the officer is reviewing your paperwork he or she is also looking for other indicators of intoxication such as, the smell of alcohol, open containers of alcohol, slurred speech, clumsiness or nervousness, admitting to drinking alcohol, and drug paraphernalia.
Henry County DUI Defense Lawyer
Many arrests at checkpoints are due to the over-sharing of information with the police officer. You are only required to provide your basic information. Contact a Henry county DUI attorney immediately if you have been arrested and charged with a DUI at a checkpoint. The legal team at Lawson and Berry has over 20 years of experience defending DUI cases exclusively. We will review the circumstances of your arrest and develop a unique defense for your specific case. Your freedom and ability to drive is our top priority and we will fight aggressively to resolve your case positively.
In some instances the procedures or restrictions that are required at a checkpoint were not properly observed and your rights have been violated in some way. If this is the case, our firm may be able to have your charges reduced or dismissed completely. Take action to protect your future and call the Law Offices of Lawson and Berry today.
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