Louis W. Emmi attorney at law Compassionate and dedicated legal services
412-437-8124
Get Your Free Case Consultation :

Drunk driving: Know your rights regarding DUI checkpoints

Summer is quickly approaching, and you know what that means -- more DUI checkpoints are on the way. In Pennsylvania, these checkpoints to check for drunk driving are legal and are commonly seen over the summer, as there seems to be a connection between warmer weather, summer holidays and driving while impaired. While the intention behind these checkpoints is good, they can result in arrests that are not warranted.

Getting stopped at a DUI checkpoint can be a bit unnerving. You may not know what to expect or what your rights are. This column will address what state laws have to say about these checkpoints.

First, authorities are required to announce when and where checkpoints will be located. Second, these checkpoints cannot be placed in random areas; they have to be in locations that have documented problems with inebriated drivers. Third, when stopped at a checkpoint, an officer's investigation cannot take any longer than necessary. Finally, if you find yourself coming up on a checkpoint, you have the right to turn around. Police cannot come after you for safely removing yourself from the line and finding another route.

If you end up being arrested at a DUI checkpoint, this does not mean that you will be convicted of drunk driving. It is an accusation, that is all. You may be able to fight the charges filed against you. An experienced Pennsylvania-based criminal defense attorney can help you strive to do just that. To learn how, please take a moment and visit our firm's website.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
email us for a response

Learn How We Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Locations of Louis W. Emmi Attorney At Law

Pittsburgh Office
300 Mount Lebanon Blvd. Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Phone: 412-437-8124
Fax: 412-341-8464
Pittsburgh Law Office Map

McMurray Office
4050 Washington Road
McMurray, PA 15317

Phone: 412-437-8124
Fax: 412-341-8464
Map & Directions