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Law enforcement agencies are required to provide advance notice of the timing and location of DUI roadblocks or sobriety checkpoints to the public. This information can often be found in the local newspaper or on the sheriff's website. The Supreme court of Florida has stated that DUI roadblocks must be established and operated according to detailed pre-determined guidelines with regard to the selection of vehicles and the investigation techniques used so that very little discretion is left to the officers in scene conducting the DUI checkpoint. If the police do not strictly adhere to the guidelines, if they are not able to produce the guidelines or if the guidelines are legally deficient, then a Ft. Lauderdale DUI attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. should be able to have any evidence obtained during the illegal stop kept out of court and the resulting drunk driving charge dismissed.
The Supreme Court of Florida has stated that adequate warnings and lighting must be present and that the length of the stop must be minimized. If a driver was stopped at a DUI roadblock or sobriety checkpoint for longer than necessary or if there was inadequate warnings or lighting, then there may be valid grounds to have your DUI dismissed but it takes a skilled and experienced DUI defense attorney to identify when there has been a violation of their client's rights.
Experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI defense attorney
If you were arrested for drunk driving in Florida at a sobriety checkpoint or a DUI roadblock, then it is important that you retain an aggressive and experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. You should never enter a plea of guilty in a DUI case without having an attorney who is experienced in the finer points of DUI defense advising you that a plea is your best option. Police roadblocks and sobriety checkpoints present a myriad of issues which can only be identified and dealt with by an attorney who is seasoned in DUI defense.
If you are being charged with DUI, then you must take an aggressive approach to your DUI defense. To schedule a case evaluation with a knowledgeable and experienced DUI attorney, contact Quinn Law, PA today at (954) 463-0440.