The state legislature has allowed that law enforcement can have roadside sobriety checkpoints in the state, with certain restrictions that must be complied with. As the constitution protects us from unreasonable search and seizure and that law enforcement must have “probable cause” to pull you over, these checkpoints must be managed under specific restrictions from the outset. These roadside police checkpoints are considered to be valuable to identify DUI drivers and protect the general public from harm. It is vital that you contact a Pasadena DUI defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller at once if you have been arrested and charged with DUI after being pulled over at a sobriety checkpoint.
Arrested and Charged with DUI at a Sobriety Checkpoint?
Police get very interested in their job, and in some cases overstep the bounds of allowed procedures in their zealous effort to find and arrest drunk drivers. In such a case, you may have the opportunity to get your charges dismissed, as our 4th Amendment rights are protected under law. We have had extensive experience in defending clients in all types of DUI cases, including those in which an individual was charged after being pulled over at a sobriety checkpoint in Pasadena.
Many people don’t realize that they are not required to answer questions such as “have you been drinking?” or other such inquiries, but are only required to give law enforcement their documentation and it is always advised that you treat police with respect. If you are asked to perform field sobriety tests at the scene, we advise you to decline, and contact our firm. These tests are very unscientific and have a high percentage of error, and should you “fail”, this can allow for “probable cause” to accuse you of DUI. The first and most critical action you can take is to contact our firm at once under these circumstances. We will fight to get your charges dismissed, reduced or seek an acquittal. We know what we are doing, and have an impressive record in court.