Sobriety Checkpoint Do's and Don'ts
After being pulled over at a sobriety checkpoint, police will likely ask for your driver's license, proof of insurance, and your registration, all of which you are required by law to show. It is highly advisable for you to provide short and courteous answers to any questions you are asked by police. Do not give any direct answers to questions regarding whether you have been drinking. Refrain from admitting guilt to anything, while remaining truthful to the officer.
Know Your Rights
The 4th amendment to the Constitution protects you as a citizen from illegal searches and seizures of your property. The 5th amendment protects you from self-incrimination and allows you the right to remain silent. Finally, the 6th amendment gives you the right to have an attorney present when you are being asked questions by police in their custody.
You are within your rights to refuse taking a field sobriety test if the officer asks you to perform one. These test only serves to give officers the chance to gather more information to use against you. If you are asked to take a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol level either in your car or down at the police state, you can refuse, but know that a refusal will automatically result in a year-long suspension of your license.
If you are being questioned by police after an arrest, you are within your rights to ask to have an attorney present before you answer their questions. You should retain an Orange County DUI attorney with the experience and know-how on challenging police stops to speak on your behalf.
The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman offers counsel to anyone charged with DUI. Call today for representation you can rely on! (714) 733-1737