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A DUI or sobriety checkpoint is a temporary roadblock set up by police in an attempt to catch drunk drivers and is believed to be a deterrent.
DUI checkpoints are legal under Florida state law, so drivers are obligated to comply, but vehicles cannot lawfully be held at the checkpoint beyond a certain time limit.
There are other limitations of DUI checkpoints, so if you were stopped at one and subsequently arrested for DUI, contact my firm and speak with an experienced Miami DUI attorney.
The Miami Herald named me as a “Top Ten DUI Lawyer,” and I have defended more than 3,000 DUI cases in my 40 years practicing law. At Jonathan B. Blecher, P.A., I will put this experience to work crafting a solid DUI defense for you based on results-driven strategies.
Know Your Rights At A DUI Checkpoint
Many people who are stopped at a sobriety checkpoint unnecessarily comply with officers’ requests as they are unaware of their rights. Here are the do’s and don’ts of DUI checkpoints in Florida:
- DO show the officer your driver’s license, car registration, and proof of insurance when asked.
- DON’T answer questions about where you have been or what you have been doing. You have a right to decline to answer.
- DO exit your vehicle if ordered to do so.
- DON’T submit to roadside sobriety exercises. You have a right to decline to submit to field sobriety exercises.
- DO contact an attorney at once if you are arrested and taken to the police station.
- DON’T answer questions at the station without your attorney.
Refusing to take a field sobriety test or breathalyzer at a roadside checkpoint will likely result in your arrest, but it could be important to your case. Portable breath testing units are notorious for providing false readings due to weather or radio interference, and cannot be trusted.
Once you are at the police station you are required by law to take a breath, blood, or urine test.
Don’t Wait To Seek Professional Legal Help
After a DUI arrest, the most important step to take is to get your attorney involved right away. As the state of Florida imposes severe penalties for DUI convictions, you will need a Miami DUI attorney with experience and skill who knows how to successfully challenge all forms of evidence, including chemical
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