Sobriety Checkpoints in Long Beach

Have you been stopped at a sobriety checkpoint & cited?

If so, it is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible to get started in building a defense against the charges you face. Even in the face of a sobriety checkpoint or DUI roadblock arrest, the DUI attorneys at Gold & Witham may be able to provide effective representation.

As experienced attorneys, we understand that a lot is on the line for a driver charged with DUI. As a result, we take the time to evaluate each new case and work together with the client in order to gain a clear understanding of what took place. In the case of a sobriety checkpoint DUI arrest, this allows us to determine what specific defenses we may be able to use.

Sobriety Checkpoints & California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is responsible for the majority of DUI arrests in California. As such, the CHP maintains sobriety checkpoints in an effort to deter drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Set up on certain roadways which are thought to have a higher concentration of drunk drivers, they checkpoint serves as a location where the CHP can stop drivers and make a determination as to whether they are driving under the influence.

While DUI checkpoints may be set up in an effort to protect innocent drivers, they have experienced much scrutiny for their potential to infringe upon drivers' constitutional rights. As such, they must meet certain qualifications and be conducted properly.

For example, California DUI checkpoints must meet the following guidelines:

  • All operational decisions must be made by supervising officer(s)
  • There must be neutral criteria for how motorists will be stopped
  • The checkpoint must be located in a logical and reasonable stop
  • There should be adequate safety precautions taken
  • There should be good judgment shown in the time and duration
  • Drivers who are stopped should not be stopped for too long
  • All checkpoints must be advertised publically in advance of happening

If you have questions about the legality of your DUI arrest, contact our firm immediately!

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