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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What to do at a Police Checkpoint

Motorists in Henry County need to be on the lookout for an increased police presence, as DUI task forces will be out in full force conducting roadblocks for sobriety checks. 

Do you know what to do if you encounter a police roadblock?  Here is valuable advice from an experienced Henry County attorney who also spent six years in law enforcement:

  • Be polite, and show the officer your driver’s license and registration when it’s requested.
  • Remember that you still are protected by your constitutional rights at a roadblock.
  • You have the right to refuse any roadside sobriety tests.
  • Police cannot search you, or your car, unless you agree to the search OR they have probable cause that you’re under the influence.
  • You are not even required to answer any questions.  In other words, you have the right to remain silent.  Officers may try and intimidate you into answering questions, but do your best to stay calm and composed.
  • Know that police are required to follow strict guidelines at checkpoints for the evidence and arrest to be valid.   
  • If you are arrested at a police roadblock, ALWAYS consult with an experienced attorney before making any confessions or agreeing to a plea bargain.

By following these guidelines, you can reduce the likelihood of evidence collection and an arrest. More details on what to do if pulled over or arrested for DUI can be found here.  If you are arrested and charged for a DUI, it needs to be addressed as quickly as possible, as a DUI conviction can negatively affect many aspects of your personal and professional life.

If you have been arrested for DUI, contact Christopher Chapman at cchapman@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864 immediately for the best possible outcome.  Prior to his admission to the bar, Christopher spent six years in law enforcement. His experience included training and service in the DUI Task Force/ Heat Unit, Serious Accident Investigations and Special Operations.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia.  Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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