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
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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 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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