Illegal DUI Checkpoints
Riverside DUI Defense Lawyer
Driving under the influence is a very serious crime that needs to be handled by an aggressive and
experienced attorney. Although California has some of the toughest DUI
laws to prevent drunk driving, not all DUI checkpoints and stops are considered
legal. If you feel that you were wrongfully stopped and therefore illegally
charged with driving under the influence, you need to contact an attorney
At Grech & Packer, you can rest assured that your case will be handled
by a knowledgeable and seasoned criminal defense lawyer who will tirelessly
advocate for your best interests. Our team is not afraid to take the necessary
actions to defend your freedoms and fight for your rights.
Legal vs. Illegal Checkpoints
In order for a DUI checkpoint to be considered as "legal" there
are some regulations that all California Highway Patrol officers, sheriffs
and local police must abide by. These may include:
- The checkpoint must be visible and clearly defined as a DUI checkpoint
- There must be an alternate route available for those who do not wish to stop
- A supervising officer must be present at all times during the checkpoint
- There must be an adequate holding area for those are considered too intoxicated to drive
California laws also indicate that all DUI checkpoints must be advertised
publically in such outlets as advertisement in local papers, radio, news
stations and on local websites. If you feel that you were wrongfully charged
after being stopped at an illegal DUI checkpoint in Southern California,
contact a Riverside criminal defense attorney from our firm to learn how
to fight the unlawful charges.
Working with Grech & Packer
Our firm can immediately begin to investigate the circumstances that led
to your arrest to determine whether your rights were impeded upon during
the routine stop or at a DUI checkpoint. Even at a checkpoint, if you
do not wish to stop, you may exercise the right to continue driving and
cannot legally be pulled over unless you commit a traffic violation or
the officer has reason to suspect that you are under the influence of
drugs or alcohol. If it is found that your rights were infringed upon
in any manner, we can move to have your charges dismissed or the evidence
ruled inadmissible before the court.
Although you may be feeling stressed and upset over the situation, it is
imperative that you do not wait to obtain knowledgeable legal counsel.
Regardless of whether you failed a breath or blood test, it is vitally
important that you speak to an attorney before entering a plea for the
charges, as there are a number of factors that can influence your defense
options. By enlisting the exceptional defense of Grech & Packer, you
can be confident that you will receive nothing less than the unyielding
representation you need.
Contact our team today and take a few moments to fill out a
free case evaluation to learn more about your defense options.