Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is one of the most common causes for arrest. That is the reason why the DUI checkpoints are the roadblocks you are likely to encounter in any state. It is therefore important to know the scope of the DUI checkpoint laws so as to know your rights when you encounter such a checkpoint. This post covers some of these.
Firstly, you have the right to remain silent when you are at a DUI checkpoint. This means that you do not have to speak to the officers manning the road block. You can maintain your silence as you wait for your lawyer. In addition to this, the police officers are not allowed to search you or your car unless you agree to have the search done or they have probable cause that you are under the influence. The DUI laws also state that you do not have to get out of your vehicle, or even roll down your window. As long as you cooperate with the police and do not break any state laws, you can remain inside your car and wait for your lawyer if you intend to without any consequences.
The laws also do not give law enforcement officers to undertake search operations on electronic devices such as phones and laptops. This is only permitted if the officers present you with a valid search permit or arrest warrant. In such a case, the officers have some level of authority to make use of sniffer dogs when undertaking the searches. If the dog gets evidence, then your legal options are somewhat limited. Of much importance, however, is having knowledge of these laws. With this in mind, you can be able to pursue your rights and avoid arrest or harassment in case you encounter a DUI checkpoint.