It’s only a matter of time until you come face to face with a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint. Many people are scared to interact with cops at DUI checkpoints, but if you do these three things, you’ll be much better of!
- DO Cooperate with Most Police Orders
Federal and Illinois laws both uphold the legality of DUI checkpoints, which means you must cooperate with a majority of what’s asked of you. If an officer asks you to pull over, you must pull over. If an officer asks you for your license and registration, you must offer it.
If you fail to follow an officer’s general instructions, you may be arrested for obstruction of justice. However, you don’t have to do everything that’s asked of you, which is why you should know your rights.
- DO Remember Your Rights
Although you must follow a majority of officer instructions while at a DUI checkpoint, you have the right to say no to specific requests. For example, if an officer asks to look inside your vehicle, you can politely deny the request.
Rights that may come into play at a DUI checkpoint may include:
- Your right to refuse a breathalyzer test (may result in driver’s license suspension);
- Your right to refuse a sobriety test (may result in driver’s license suspension);
- Your right to refuse a search (as long as the cop doesn’t have probable cause);
- Your right to refuse to answer police questions;
- Your right to ask if you are being detained (helpful in determining if you are free to go).
Regardless of how you use your rights, one thing is certain: you should be polite to the police.
- DO Be Polite During the Process
Regardless of the circumstances, being polite with officers can go a long way. Officers have the right to cite you for broken lights, out-of-date registrations, and more during DUI checkpoint stops. Therefore, always be cordial with any officer you interact with.
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