As you approach a DUI checkpoint, it’s only natural to feel anxious. Even if you’re sober, you never know if something could go wrong that will lead to your arrest.
Here are five mistakes you can’t afford to make at a DUI checkpoint:
Open container: If an officer sees an open alcohol container in your vehicle, they’ll immediately assume you’re under the influence. Even if you’re not, it’s still illegal to drive with an open container.
Erratic driving: This looks suspicious to the officer, giving them more reason to pay attention to you as your time at the checkpoint arrives.
Illegal U-turn: You are legally permitted to turnaround instead of going through a DUI checkpoint. However, if you’re going to do so, you can’t break the law. This gives an officer reason to pull you over.
Talking back: When you talk back, you increase the likelihood of a confrontation that you can’t win. You’re better off acting in a respectful and courteous manner throughout.
Explaining your legal rights: It’s safe to assume the officer knows your legal rights, so there’s no point in explaining your stance.
If you are arrested at a DUI checkpoint you have the right to remain silent. You don’t want to say anything that could be used against you in court.
Once time allows, review the details of your arrest to get a better idea of what to do next. This information will help you better understand your situation, including the steps you can take to protect your legal rights and hopefully avoid a punishment.