Beware of Memorial Day DUI Checkpoints

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Every holiday is a prime time to keep a look out for driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints. While a DUI checkpoint can happen at any time of the year, it is more likely to happen during holidays. This is because people tend to drink alcohol more around the holidays. When it comes to a DUI checkpoint, whether it is in Rocklin, Roseville, or somewhere else in California, what you know and don't know can make a big difference.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about DUI checkpoints this Memorial Day weekend:

  • A DUI checkpoint can take place anywhere. There is a good chance you will not know where it is going to take place.
  • Always try to avoid a DUI by making sure that you have a designated driver, that you call a cab for a ride home, or that you sleep where you are if you are at someones house that will allow it. This will help you avoid the DUI checkpoints and any other problems.
  • If you do happen to be driving and see a DUI checkpoint up ahead of you keep in mind that you do not have to go through it. You do have the right to turn down a side street, find another route around it, and just avoid going through that area.
  • If you decide to go through the DUI checkpoint it is important to keep your rights in mind. You do not need to answer questions about whether or not you have been drinking. You also do not have to agree to perform the field sobriety tests, and in most cases, you do not have to provide a breath sample for a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) unit. It is your right to remain silent, as well as decline to take these tests.
  • Keep the conversation with the officers to a minimum, because the more you say can and will most likely be used against you in a court of law if they suspect you have been DUI. Remaining silent at a DUI checkpoint can help your case a lot if you do end up getting arrested.

Whether or not you will come across a DUI checkpoint in the Rocklin or Roseville area this Memorial Day remains to be seen. But knowing what to do when you encounter one is going to help you in the long run. If you do find yourself getting arrested for a suspected DUI be sure to speak with an experienced attorney. That is the best way to ensure a better outcome for you, regardless of what happened the night of the DUI checkpoint or arrest.

The Law Offices of Terry L. Gilbeau provides personalized counsel to clients in a variety of business and personal matters, including creditors rights, debt collection, products liability and international transaction issues. His office is located in Rocklin, CA, just outside of Sacramento, CA, near Roseville, Lincoln, Auburn, in Placer County and can be reached at (916-626-5539) or email Terry at Click here for the firm website

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