Dealing with Charges Resulting from DUI Roadblocks and DUI Checkpoints

Tucson attorneys challenging unlawful stops, searches and seizures

Arizona sets up sobriety checkpoints at least once per month. Studies have shown that checkpoints are no more effective than police officers driving around looking for violations. Tucson DUI defense attorneys have challenged the constitutionality of the program, but the legality of these roadblocks has been upheld under the federal Constitution.

Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC is solely dedicated to DUI and criminal defense in Pima County and the State of Arizona. Our lawyers bring more than 40 years of combined experience and an impressive list of credentials to your case. We believe that these roadblocks are unjust stops, searches and seizures and advocate for you if you are arrested as a result of a sobriety checkpoint.

What to do if you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint

Even if you do not feel intoxicated, you may be legally impaired when you encounter a DUI checkpoint. Your cool, collected conduct can mean you go home instead of to jail. Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC provides these helpful recommendations if you encounter a sobriety checkpoint:

  • Approach the roadblock carefully, obeying the directions of the officers regarding where to park your automobile.
  • Alert your passengers that you are approaching a roadblock and ask them to refrain from talking or joking.
  • Do not roll down your window unless ordered to do so.
  • Say noting to the police.
  • Politely refuse to perform field sobriety exercises if asked to do so.
  • Remain calm and respectful at all times.

Important issues before you encounter a DUI roadblock in Tucson

What you do before you encounter a sobriety checkpoint can make the difference in the outcome. Our attorneys offer these important tips:

  • Familiarize yourself with where the roadblocks are being established — utilize resources such as Facebook postings, Twitter, texting, radio announcements and Internet blogs.
  • Avoid roadblocks by taking an alternative route whenever possible.
  • Do not carry illicit drugs or paraphernalia and do not allow your friends to have drugs in their possession while in your vehicle.
  • Carry only medications you need — lock prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals in your glove box or trunk unless you need immediate access for a medical condition.
  • Do not drive with an open container and do not allow your passengers to have open bottles, cans or cups of alcohol in your car.
  • Keep your driver license, registration and auto insurance card easily and quickly accessible.

Consult with our DUI defense team about your rights if you were arrested at a DUI checkpoint

To learn more about how to handle a DUI roadblock, call Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC today at 520.777.0235 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.