What Are Sobriety Checkpoints?

Sobriety checkpoints, sometimes referred to as DUI roadblocks, are tools utilized by law enforcement in order to prevent drunk driving. These checkpoints are supposed to be used as a means of preventing drunk driving—rather than of making arrests for driving under the influence (DUI)—because of their potential to infringe upon Fourth Amendment rights. A sobriety checkpoint must adhere to certain regulations; thus it is important to consult a DUI attorney immediately if you have been arrested at a checkpoint or roadblock.

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When you contact Gold & Witham for a free initial consultation, your case will be reviewed to see if a sobriety checkpoint was improperly used or if at any other point in your arrest your rights were violated or protocol was not followed by law enforcement. Our Los Angeles DUI lawyers are familiar with the laws governing sobriety checkpoints in California and can use this knowledge to your benefit. For example, our legal team may be able to prove that the checkpoint where you were stopped was not following proper guidelines; in such cases, we may be able to strengthen your defense to have charges reduced to a lesser crime or dismissed entirely.

What can a DUI defense attorney do for my case?

At any point in the entire DUI process, there are a number of points where a strong defense can be built. Your Los Angeles DUI lawyer may be able to prove that:
  • The DUI roadblock or sobriety checkpoint was not adhering to state and federal guidelines
  • A breathalyzer test was improperly administered or the machine was not calibrated
  • A blood test was not tested by a properly licensed individual
  • Field sobriety tests were not administered properly or the results were inaccurate
  • You were not read your Miranda rights during the arrest process
  • You were not informed of the consequences of refusing blood alcohol testing

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If you or someone you know was arrested for DUI after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, consult an attorney at Gold & Witham. We can review the circumstances of your case to determine what defense strategy will be most effective. It may be that the roadblock was set up improperly or that it was not intended to prevent drunk driving but rather to make DUI arrests.

California law is strict in regards to the procedures used by law enforcement in any arrest. Often, there are errors made—errors that can be used to defend you. With a thorough review of the evidence against you and the circumstances surrounding your drunk driving arrest, a quality defense attorney can determine what can be done in your case. Each case is unique, but a full investigation can lead to dropped charges or a reduction of the charge in many cases.

Take advantage of the skill, knowledge and dedication of the DUI defense lawyers at Gold & Witham.

We have more than 40 years total experience; there are few circumstances we have not been defended over the years. When facing drunk driving charges, it is strongly urged that you get the assistance of an aggressive defense attorney to fight for your side. This can increase the possibility of a better outcome on your case and your ability to drive in the future.

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