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They seem to appear at regular intervals throughout the year much like spring flowers and autumn leaves. “They,” of course, refers to “DUI” or “sobriety” checkpoints. Fort Walton Beach law enforcement agencies as well as other law enforcement agencies regularly operate “DUI checkpoints” at certain times of the year, including around holidays. Even if you have not touched a drop of alcohol all night, having to go through a DUI checkpoint in order to get home can be a stressful experience. If you have had alcohol, you may be in a state of panic upon seeing signs warning you of an upcoming DUI checkpoint.
Even though DUI checkpoints are legal – that is, so long as the agency conducting the checkpoint follows certain legal requirements – that does not mean you are without rights when you are approaching and going through such a checkpoint. Learn what you can – and cannot – do at a Florida DUI checkpoint.
What You Can Do at a Florida DUI Checkpoint
Your actions at a DUI checkpoint can have serious ramifications in that you may be able to avoid DUI charges if you take appropriate actions. Conversely, making the wrong choices at a DUI checkpoint can lead to a DUI charge and potentially a DUI conviction. When approaching or stopped at a DUI checkpoint, you can:
Contact a Fort Walton Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer After Being Stopped at a Checkpoint
If you have been stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Okaloosa County and thereafter charged with DUI, you need the experienced assistance of Fort Walton Beach DUI defense attorney Stephen G. Cobb. Evidence officers obtained during their “investigation” at the checkpoint can be tossed out of court if the checkpoint was not conducted in accordance with legal requirements, or if your constitutional rights were violated at the checkpoint. Contact Criminal Trial Law Specialist Stephen G. Cobb, Fort Walton Beach criminal defense attorney, at (850) 466-1522 for help after being charged with DUI following a DUI checkpoint.
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