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Defending Your Rights at Denver DUI Checkpoints
A favorite tactic of law enforcement is using DUI checkpoints to try to stop and arrest any driver who might be legally intoxicated. Someone is legally intoxicated if they hold a civilian driver’s license and drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 or higher. The BAC limit to be legally intoxicated and charged for driving under the influence (DUI) is reduced to only 0.02 for anyone aged younger than 21, and a driving while ability impaired charged can be brought at a BAC level of just 0.05.
DUI checkpoints, however, are questionable at best, and some skirt the line of legality. If you get stopped at a DUI checkpoint and consequently arrested for a DUI, do not be afraid to challenge the charges from front to back. Get our DUI defense attorney from Fife Luneau, P.C. on your side right away to improve your chances of success.
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What Happens at a DUI Checkpoint?
The police will set up a blockade across a street to catch any motorists going through the area. Checkpoints usually appear when high traffic and high rates of drinking are suspected, such as after a sporting event.
At a DUI checkpoint, you can expect the following to happen:
- All vehicles will have to come to a stop.
- When you reach the front of the line of vehicles, you will be told to produce your driver’s license and possibly your registration as well.
- Anyone who shows possible signs of intoxication, or who is identified as someone with a current warrant out for their arrest, will be instructed to pull over to the side of the road.
- DUI suspects will likely be told to complete a field sobriety test.
- Arrests will be made if the police establish probable cause to make one.
Legal Problems with DUI Checkpoints
Stopping absolutely everyone who travels along a road has been argued time and time again as a violation of someone’s constitutional rights against unjust searches and seizures. It is also seen as a blanket-form of profiling. In response, many counties across the country require law enforcement departments to publicly announce DUI checkpoint locations at least a few days ahead of time.
If there was no way for you to know of a DUI checkpoint before being stopped at one, it might be possible to argue the stop and your arrest were unjust, which would invalidate any evidence collected against you afterwards.
We Are Here to Defend Your Right to Mobility & Freedom
If you get convicted for a DUI after being stopped at a DUI checkpoint, you will likely face high fines, jail time, and the suspension of your driver’s license. Do not let these circumstances happen unjustly to you. Come to our dedicated DUI defense law firm in Denver for all the legal guidance and representation you need in this trying time.
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Fife Luneau, P.C. is one of the most respected law firms when it comes to DUI and criminal related cases. We have a remarkable track record up and down the Front Range, successfully handling some of the most complex cases.
- Acquitted of All Charges DUI Acquittal
- Dismissed Careless Driving
- Dismissed Careless Driving
- Dismissed Attempted Murder, Assault, Menacing with a Deadly Weapon, Distribution of Marijuana
- Dismissed Assault in the Third Degree (Domestic Violence)
How should I choose a Denver criminal defense attorney?A: First and foremost, your lawyer should be confident and knowledgeable in their practice. You should always feel comfortable with discussing the details of your situation and your freedom and your rights should be your counsel’s top priority. At Fife Luneau, P.C., our team has a true passion for what we do, and our experience and zealous advocacy is a testament to this. We have a proven track record for results and will always fight for your best interest.
How much are your legal fees?A: Fife Luneau, P.C. handles cases on an upfront flat-fee schedule that is determined based on how severe your charges, how complex the case, and whether you need to go to trial. We will discuss all issues with you beforehand, and once you agree to our fees, we’ll hold your money in a trust on your behalf. This way we can focus on your matter and not on money. Our firm also accepts all major credit cards.
After an arrest, what are my rights?A: Every U.S. citizen is granted certain rights by the Constitution. These include the face that you are innocent until proven guilty, and that burden is put on the prosecution. After you have been charged, you have the right to a public trial, skilled counsel of your choosing or a court-appointed lawyer, if needed, the right to remain silent to protect yourself from incrimination, the right to cross-examine the accused, the right to testify, or not, and the right to an appeal.