Police throughout Athens and Northeast Georgia are cracking down on Driving Under the Influence. Local officers and State troopers are increasingly setting up roadblocks to determine the sobriety of individuals and to make DUI arrests. Law enforcement officers are using these roadblocks as a way to charge many drivers with DUI in a short period of time. These roadblocks are especially prevalent during University of Georgia football game days, holidays and other times in which police perceive there will be a lot of alcohol consumption. Stopped at a road check and charged with DUI? Citizens are provided with certain constitutional protections. Officers must conduct roadblocks in specific ways in order for them to be lawful. Contact an Athens DUI defense attorney with experience in reviewing the legality of these roadblocks and the DUI arrests that result from roadblocks at 706-208-1514.
We are experienced and knowledgeable in what law enforcement has to do in setting up and maintaining these sobriety checkpoints. Jason Slider has successfully challenged the legality of roadblocks set up by Athens-Clarke County Police officers, which resulted in all roadblocks established during that period of time to be determined to be unconstitutional. As a result, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department had to change their roadblock policy. Because of the constant changes in DUI and criminal law, it is important to get a DUI lawyer that knows the law and is familiar with DUI roadblock policies of the law enforcement agencies in the area, including Athens-Clarke County police, University of Georgia police and Georgia State Patrol.Athens, Georgia, DUI Checkpoint/Roadblock Lawyer
All roadblocks are not the same. If is important that you have an experienced DUI lawyer on your side reviewing the particular facts of the roadblock you encountered, the field sobriety evaluations you were asked to perform, and the charges that you are facing. All of the details of a roadblock must be examined carefully to determine if it was valid and lawful. The Supreme Court of the United States and the Georgia Supreme Court have established requirements for law enforcement to set up and maintain roadblocks. Our firm is experienced in reviewing the details of a police department’s roadblock policy and the specific roadblock that resulted in a person’s DUI arrest to make sure that these minimal constitutional requirements are met and can be established by the prosecution. If the state cannot prove that these requirements have been met it could result in the stop that resulted in the DUI being excluded from evidence, thus resulting in a dismissal of the DUI charge.Contact a Georgia Roadblock Attorney at Baker & Slider Today
At our firm, you can trust that an experienced DUI lawyer is working to protect your rights. Contact us to schedule a confidential appointment to discuss the roadblock you encountered and your subsequent DUI arrest or Underage Possession of Alcohol arrest. When charged with a DUI, time could be of the essence. Our office hours are 8-5, Monday through Friday. We are conveniently located near the University of Georgia in downtown Athens across the street from the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse.