A sobriety checkpoint, also known as a DUI checkpoint, is where law enforcement officers will set up a road barricade that halts traffic so that each driver can be checked by police for signs of intoxication. Knowing what to do when you come upon a checkpoint is key to avoiding a DUI conviction and harsh penalties.
Don’t Avoid the Checkpoint
If you have been drinking, you may be afraid of your chances of a DUI when you go through a checkpoint. Try to resist the urge to make a U-turn or quickly avoid the checkpoint by driving in a different direction. Police officers are known to be stationed around the perimeter of the checkpoint, and turning around quickly can be suspicious and attract their attention to your vehicle and behavior.
Have Documentation Ready
When approaching the sobriety checkpoint, be sure to have your driver’s license, auto insurance information, and vehicle registration available to present to the officer(s). Once you identify yourself and provide the proper documentation, the officer may ask you questions about whether or not you’ve had anything to drink or where you are going to/coming from. Wait for an officer to ask you questions before volunteering any information that might harm you or make you look suspicious.
It can be an annoyance to have to sit through a sobriety checkpoint, especially when you haven’t had anything to drink and are simply trying to make it to your destination on time. Try to exercise patience and keep in mind that the purpose of the checkpoint is to make the Maryland roads a safer place for all drivers, including you!
Call on a Professional Maryland Attorney to Help
Whether you believe you were wrongfully searched, were charged with DUI without drinking, or need a reliable criminal defense attorney to assist you in the DUI/DWI legal process, Attorney Albers is here for you. With many years of experience in DUI defense, Albers & Associates has a proven track record of ensuring the most favorable outcomes for our clients. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation for legal assistance in Maryland.
Will I Lose My License?
You might. Depending on the type of license you have and whether or not you are convicted, your license may be suspended or even revoked depending on the circumstances of your charges. However, even being charged with a DUI can result in the suspension of your license, which can affect your life substantially.
Will I Lose My Job?
It depends on your job. At the time of your arrest, the police officer will confiscate your license and provide you with a paper license that you can use until your MVA Hearing. However, for people who hold commercial driver’s licenses, also known as CDLs, this will not replace the license you need to do your job. So, until the charges are cleared, you will not be able to work. Getting on the phone with a lawyer as soon as humanly possible is essential for your continued employment.
Am I Going to Jail?
You might. If you are found guilty of a DUI, particularly if this is your second or third offense, you may face jail time. One possible outcome of DUI court proceedings, a Probation Before Judgment, can be sought. If you are able to secure a PBJ, you will be able to avoid going to jail.