What is a DUI Checkpoint?
A DUI checkpoint in Chicago is a year-long roadside operation created to stop intoxicated drivers before they cause devastating accidents. If the checkpoint follows the guidelines and restrictions, it is considered to be legal in Chicago under the U.S. Constitution.
What Happens at a Checkpoint?
Law enforcement officers are looking for evidence that you have been drinking. They check to see if you have a flushed face or if you are confused. They listen to hear if your speech is slurred. This is not the place where an officer can search your vehicle, but he or she will put you under arrest if you refuse to take the field sobriety test.
The officer may ask you to take a breathalyzer test, but if you refuse, the DMV will suspend your license for 365 days for a first offense. After a second offense, the suspension will last for three years. At the same time, blowing a .08 or higher into the breathalyzer will also result in a license suspension.
Can You Avoid Checkpoints?
Although checkpoints are legal, you are not required to go through them. Be aware that a law enforcement officer may stop you if you decide not to stop. If you choose to turn your vehicle around after you come to a checkpoint, a police officer may follow you and stop you. The fact that you decided to turn around at a checkpoint may lead some people to believe that you are evading the situation, so it may not be the thing to do.
Arrested at a Checkpoint? Call (888) 473-4058
If you get arrested at a checkpoint or while avoiding one, contacting one of our Chicago criminal defense attorneys may be the best option to protect your rights. Our team is experienced in getting the best possible outcome in DUI cases. Call (888) 473-4058 to schedule a free consultation.