Drivers on the road are often unsure of what to expect at DUI checkpoints, or what their rights are when a police officer approaches and questions them closely. It is important to know exactly what your rights are in this situation, so that an officer does not take advantage of you. In Ohio, these traffic stops are often set up during major holidays and events to catch those who are driving while intoxicated.
What to Expect
If you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint, an officer is not likely to inform you of your constitutionally protected rights, such as those pertaining to unlawful searches and seizures, and your right to refrain from self-incrimination.
Ohio DUI Checkpoint Law
One of the first things an officer might do is ask questions. You don’t have to answer them all. The only questions that you must answer are those related to identification, insurance, and vehicle registration. No matter how harmless other questions might seem, you are not required to answer them.
If asked to move out of line to a secondary stop, you might also be asked to perform field sobriety tests, such as the walk and turn test or the one leg stand. You are not required to perform these tests.
West Chester DUI Attorneys
The DUI attorneys at The Meadows Law Firm have over 45 years of combined experience and can fight even the most challenging DUI charges. If you have recently been accused of driving under the influence or operating a vehicle while impaired, it is vital to seek skilled legal assistance as soon as possible to protect your rights.
When you choose our law firm to represent you, you can rest assured that you will have a legal advocate who will do what it takes to secure the best possible outcome for your case.
Contact us today for a free consultation at our office.