DUI and Roadblocks

08/29/2014

With the start of football season at the University of Georgia, fans can expect roadblocks to be set up by the various police departments patrolling the roads of Athens (University of Georgia Police, Athens Clarke County Police and Georgia State Patrol). They usually set up roadblocks several hours after the games have ended but after the traffic has cleared. In the past, they have established these DUI checkpoints at various locations throughout Athens.

Law enforcement agencies have used roadblocks in the past as a way to come into contact with a large number of drivers by using limited resources. The purpose of these checkpoints is obviously to check for intoxication. If officers detect any signs of alcohol consumption by the driver upon initial contact they will proceed with a more complete DUI investigation. Often times these will include, but not always, asking drivers to submit to what are termed as Standardized Field Sobriety Evaluations and to submit to a portable breath testing device.

Officers will use these evaluations and device, along with other indications of impairment, to determine if an individual is under the influence and should be arrested and charged with DUI.

The best way to avoid this issue is to have a designated driver who is not consuming alcohol. However, if you find yourself being stopped at one of these roadblocks and being arrested for DUI it is important to secure an experienced DUI attorney to represent you. In 2013 the law changed as to what was required for police to run a lawful checkpoint. Baker & Slider was forefront in challenging these roadblocks, successfully arguing that the Athens-Clarke County police department roadblock policy was unconstitutional and thus any roadblocks established by that policy were unlawful and needed to be dismissed.

Our lawyers represent people that are arrested and charged with DUIs in Athens and can talk to you about this issue. If you are arrested for DUI, time is of the essence. Call our office for more information or to schedule a FREE consultation.

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