Sobriety Checkpoint and DWI

What is a sobriety checkpoint?

Sobriety checkpoints are roadblocks set up by law enforcement officials to randomly test drivers for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Because of U.S. Constitutional limitations, police officers cannot be selective in the cars that they stop. They may investigate every car that passes through a sobriety checkpoint or just every 5th car or 10th car, and so forth. Officers ask drivers for license and proof of insurance and sometimes require them to undergo a blood test or request a breath test.

Officers may also subject drivers to field sobriety tests such as walking in a straight line or standing on one leg. Sobriety checkpoints are often set up at night or in the early morning to maximize the chances of catching drunk drivers. If you are facing DWI charges or were arrested at a sobriety checkpoint, your best bet is to contact a Houston DWI lawyer immediately to begin exploring your legal options.

Currently, sobriety checkpoints are illegal in Texas due to the state Court’s interpretation of it’s own Constitution. However, the Texas Senate voted to approve the creation of sobriety checkpoints in 2009, and the state legislature has promised to reassess the matter again in 2011. These signs indicate that the state is headed toward the legalization of sobriety checkpoints.

Stopped at a sobriety checkpoint? Call an attorney!

If you are facing DWI charges or have been subject to a sobriety checkpoint in any state, having a dedicated group of DWI lawyers on your side could mean a world of difference in the outcome of your case. The attorneys at Chernoff Law want to make sure you get the fairest and most favorable outcome, and we will use our knowledge of Texas DWI law to help you do so. We are confident that we can offer you excellent representation and an aggressive defense in your DWI case. Let us help you today.