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DUI Checkpoint Defense in Ventura

Stopped at a DUI Checkpoint?

Are DUI checkpoints considered a violation of one’s constitutional rights? At The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers, we have handled numerous cases where a client was arrested at a DUI checkpoint. The State of California and Ventura County, in particular, implements these roadside stops periodically and at random. What should you do if you were arrested?

With over 20 years of experience representing those accused of DUI under any and all circumstances, Attorney Robert F. Sommers is here to help you. Do not hesitate to contact the firm if you were arrested at a DUI checkpoint.

What Are My Rights at a DUI Checkpoint?

Law enforcement will call upon their right to enforce just if the situation is necessary and reasonably calls for it. With that said, what can you say to a police officer and with what must a driver comply when asked? The law allows DUI checkpoints to exist to search for a driver who could be potentially driving drunk.

An officer may investigate the following during a checkpoint stop:

  • If there is the scent of alcohol emanating from the car
  • If there are visibly open containers of alcohol in the car
  • If the driver appears intoxicated, i.e., slurred speech, difficulty focusing
  • If the driver is fumbling, has difficulty obtaining license or registration documents
  • If the driver is showing other physical signs of intoxication
  • If the driver has admitted to drinking some alcohol that evening

Police officers make mistakes. Learn more about unlawful stops today!

Should a police officer pull you over, remember that you do have the constitutional right to stay silent and not answer a police officer’s questions. Many times, the reason people get arrested at these checkpoints is because they do admit to the officer that they have been drinking. An officer will find any and all excuse to arrest someone. If that is the case, you must contact a Ventura DUI lawyer as soon as possible.

As every case will come with its own set of unique circumstances, The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers can evaluate your case to see what course of action should be used moving forward. There are many different avenues of your defense, and our Ventura DUI attorney assures you that we explore all of the options before building your defense.

Should you have any further questions about DUI checkpoints, do not hesitate to contact us. We also urge you to seek legal representation if you have been arrested for driving under the influence. Call today!