Sobriety Checkpoints in Alabama
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You have seen them before. Police set up their camp on a certain street
or section of the road, systematically stopping drivers and asking them
some routine questions. While sobriety checkpoints may seem more like
a hassle than a threat, they can easily turn your life upside down with
the wrong move.
If you have been arrested for
DUI after going through a sobriety checkpoint in the Birmingham area, you
need to reach out to Tidwell Law Group, LLC right away for counsel. We
understand how intimidating it can be to go through such a situation,
which is why we are here to stand up for your rights and defend your reputation.
Our legal team is not afraid to challenge sobriety checkpoint arrests and will go above
and beyond to safeguard our clients from serious charges.
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What Should I Expect at a Sobriety Checkpoint?
In Alabama, checkpoints are considered legal under the state's interpretation
of the federal Constitution. While some states have recognized the questionable
nature of such checkpoints, eventually banning them, Alabama enacts these
police roadblocks throughout the year. If pulled over at a checkpoint,
you should expect police to ask you several questions, including whether
or not you have had alcohol.
The following are common occasions when sobriety checkpoints are set up:
- Various nights during the summer
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day weekend
- Christmas week
- New Year's Eve
- Other celebrated holidays
Even if an officer stops you at a sobriety checkpoint, they must still
have reasonable cause to question you further than normal or charge you with
DUI. If they do not have proper evidence or cause to ask you to take a
breath test or other type of chemical test, the results may be thrown out or ruled
as inadmissible in court. However, without the knowledge of being able
to distinguish permissible action with violating action by police, it
will be challenging for you to protect your rights. That is where our
Birmingham DUI defense lawyer comes in.