DUI Roadblocks in Georgia

If you have been arrested at a DUI roadblock, your first step should be to discuss your case with an experienced DUI attorney. At Thomas & Willis, LLC, the Atlanta DUI lawyers are well-versed in the roadblock process and on how to uphold your rights. Four of these lawyers are included in Super Lawyers® magazine, an honor that goes out to no more than 5% of Georgia lawyers. You can rely on this firm to provide an unparalleled defense of your future.

Can I challenge a DUI roadblock arrest?

Yes, just as with any DUI arrest, an insightful attorney can scrutinize the details of your case to find a successful defense. In fact, you may have a clearer defense if your arrest stemmed from a DUI roadblock than from a traffic stop. You won't have a record of reckless driving for one thing.

One of the most important proofs is the reason for which an officer pulled you over. At a roadblock, you weren't stopped for erratic behavior, so a prosecutor won't have any visual evidence of impaired driving. Even if you are validly stopped at a roadblock, an officer needs an additional reason to ask you to perform field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test.

If the following weren't present, your arrest could be invalid:

  • Open alcohol container
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Other signs of potential intoxication

What's more, supervisors must approve a DUI roadblock before it can start. The location must be deemed suitable, meaning that it is a known site of drunk driving arrests and crashes. The checkpoint must also be broadcast beforehand; this includes clear and obvious warnings signs on the road. Officers must also stick to a certain, pre-determined order, whether that is asking every driver to stop, or stopping only every third car, for example.

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As it is, many believe that the DUI roadblock is a process that often interferes with driver's constitutional rights, as this could be considered an unreasonable search and seizure. After all, officers aren't relying on probable cause to stop you, only a randomly selected order. If you have been arrested at a DUI roadblock, you likely have many defenses. Start talking to a skilled lawyer about these defenses today.

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