Getting arrested is never convenient. For those who are being arrested for the first time, it can be simultaneously embarrassing and incredibly frightening. This is compounded over the holidays, when loved ones are home and everyone wants to be celebrating with friends and family. Unfortunately, arrests are often more common during the holidays, when people are more likely to be out celebrating. DUI arrests are especially common. With all the parties taking place, it can be difficult to judge whether you are sober enough to drive. Because drinking and driving is more prevalent over the holidays, DUI checkpoints are often set up at busy intersections and highways to protect the public. Here’s everything you need to know about DUI checkpoints, and what you should do if a loved one is arrested after being stopped.
DUI Checkpoints: What they Are
To set up a DUI checkpoint, police officers park their cars on either side of the street with their lights on. Then, they stop each car and speak for a few moments with the driver. If the driver shows signs of intoxication, they will ask them to take a sobriety test. If they find enough evidence to establish probable cause for an arrest, the driver will be taken to the nearest police station for a blood test to confirm their blood alcohol content.
Aren’t DUI Checkpoints Unconstitutional?
Many people are concerned that DUI checkpoints are unconstitutional. After all, the Constitution states that the police must have cause to pull a motorist over. But, because the danger to the public is so high due to drunk drivers, the Supreme Court has ruled that the checkpoints are a reasonable invasion of privacy for the greater good. The police are required to publicize the location of the sobriety checkpoint before they set up, however, so that motorists can avoid the area if they so choose.
Arrested at a DUI Checkpoint? Call All Day All Night Bail Bonds
If you or a loved one has been arrested at a DUI checkpoint, don’t hesitate to call All Day All Night Bail Bonds. We have years of experience, and will work to quickly get your loved one out of jail and back home for the holidays!