Colorado DUI Checkpoint Laws
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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