Freehold DWI Roadside Testing Lawyers
A sobriety checkpoint is used by law enforcement officials to stop drivers and check them for drug or alcohol impairment. Usually, law enforcement officials will make a procedural decision to determine where the checkpoint will be set up and how many cars will be stopped. If you have been checked at a sobriety checkpoint and were arrested or charged with a DWI, you do have the opportunity to defend yourself.
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At The Law Office of Mallon and Tranger, our attorneys are experienced in the investigation and defense of clients charged with DWI after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint. If you were stopped, you were probably asked for your license and registration. If you were asked to blow into a Breathalyzer or given another field sobriety test before you were charged with a DWI, you may be able to challenge the evidence being used against you.
Are Sobriety Checkpoints Legal?
While the Supreme Court has declared that checkpoints are legal and do not violate search and seizure laws, the searches must follow very specific guidelines and be performed with minimal intrusion. An officer may be looking for any of the following indications of intoxication:
- Visible signs of intoxication (blood shot eyes, fumbling or physical signs)
- Odor or smell of alcohol in the vehicle
- Swerving or other evidence of drunk driving
- Visual evidence including paraphernalia or bottles
- Slurred speech or other impairments
- Admitting to using drugs or alcohol before crossing checkpoint
If you were pulled over, you want an attorney involved as soon as possible. Remember that you have the right to remain silent throughout the process. You also have the right to refuse field sobriety tests. You are required to submit to any chemical testing, including Breathalyzer or urine testing, but can leave if you are not arrested.
Take Action Now to Protect Your Rights
You can take action immediately if you were charged with a DWI. If you feel that your rights were violated or that you were unlawfully stopped or searched at a checkpoint, our attorneys will make a full evaluation of your case and aggressively pursue your defense. Remember that the consequences of a DWI can be severe, including fines, penalties and jail time. You want an attorney involved in your case as soon as possible.