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NYC DUI or Sobriety Checkpoint Lawyers

A DUI or sobriety checkpoint is a checkpoint set up by the police to stop cars driving through and look for impaired drivers. When a driver is stopped at a DUI checkpoint, the officer checks for any signs of impairment, such as slurring of their words or the smell of alcohol on their breath, and runs their driver’s license and registration. If the officer has probable cause to believe a driver is impaired, they can conduct a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer, which can lead to the driver’s arrest.

There have been challenges to these checkpoints in court, alleging that they violate the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that DUI checkpoints do not meet the criteria of an unreasonable search, but has also allowed individual states to determine on their own whether or not to allow these checkpoints. Most states have chosen to allow them.

However, DUI checkpoints do need to meet several specific requirements. There must visible warnings of the checkpoint, including lights and signs, and the amount of time that each motorist is detained must be kept to a minimum. The police department also needs to provide advance notice of the DUI checkpoint to minimize its intrusiveness and improve deterrence of driving under the influence. The officers conducting the DUI checkpoint need to use a set formula to determine which cars to stop, and they can’t simply do it at random, as that could lead to profiling. For example, the officers could stop every car that comes through the checkpoint, or they could stop every fifth car. It’s rare for officers to stop every car because of the time it would take to do so.

DUI checkpoints are most common in the late evening hours and on holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend, as police set them up at a time when people often drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The purpose of these checkpoints is two-fold: to arrest drivers who are under the influence, reducing the possibility of an accident, and to deter people from driving under the influence. That’s part of the reason why police departments must provide public notice of their upcoming DUI checkpoints.

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21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
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Keep in mind that all your same constitutional protections apply when you are at a DUI checkpoint. You don’t need to answer any of the police officer’s questions, and you don’t need to consent to any searches. While some drivers refuse to hand over their license and registration due to the questionable legality of DUI checkpoints, it’s generally best to provide those. One method that some drivers have chosen to use is placing their licenses and registrations in a plastic bag and hanging that bag outside their window with a note explaining that they will not be lowering their window. This is completely legal, as drivers are under no obligation to lower their windows for a police officer at a DUI checkpoint.

While many drivers decide to make a U-turn or find another way to evade DUI checkpoints, remember that police do watch cars carefully as they approach the roadblock. Choosing not to drive through a DUI checkpoint is perfectly legal, and that alone won’t give police a valid reason to pull you over. If you break any traffic laws to evade the checkpoint, such as the aforementioned U-turn, then police will have a valid reason to pull you over.

When stopped at a DUI checkpoint, it’s best to provide the documents that the police ask for and avoid answering any questions. In the event that the police detain you to conduct a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer, you will have to do what they ask. Refusing a breathalyzer will result in the same penalty as driving under the influence.

If you’re arrested at a DUI checkpoint, don’t confess to anything or make any sort of plea deal. Instead, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. The police may not have had probable cause to detain you, in which case your lawyer will be able to argue that to the court for your defense.

First time DUI arrest lawyers

DUI arrests are common, and, throughout the country, countless people plead guilty or are found guilty every day. However, many people arrested for DUI often end up striking a lenient plea bargain or have charges dropped as well, and some who take the case to trial end up being found not guilty. Making mistakes after being arrested can significantly lessen the odds of finding a more favorable outcome. Here are some of the top mistakes people make after being arrested for DUI or other similar charges.

Refusing to Take a Breathalyzer

Laws vary between states, but many require those with a driving license to take a breathalyzer test if demanded by a police officer. While drivers typically have a right to refuse one, doing so can result in harsh penalties. In most cases, it’s best to take the test and find a means to contest the results before the case reaches trial or in front of the court court. Study state laws to learn how to best respond to a request for taking a breathalyzer test.

Talking to the Police More than Necessary

Once a police officer decides to make an arrest, there’s no way to talk yourself out of it. Those who are arrested have a right to remain silent, and police officers cannot compel drivers to make any statements. In many cases, officers try to get those arrested to admit guilt, which makes these cases more difficult to defend. Furthermore, police officers might try to find evidence that the driver is guilty of other crimes, and it can be difficult to avoid traps while inebriated. Be respectful of police officers, but guard your right to remain silent to avoid small mistakes that can be costly at trial. When in the booking station or elsewhere, inform detectives that you’ll only speak once you have access to your lawyer.

Failing to Hire a Lawyer

Many people think DUI cases are simple, but there are many venues to get certain evidence dismissed. If a lawyer can show that a breathalyzer was administered incorrectly, for example, it might be inadmissible in court, making the prosecutor’s task nearly impossible. Information that leads to dropped evidence can be found in police reports, dashcam footage and in other evidence, but it takes experience to know where to look and what to look for. While hiring a lawyer might be expensive, failing to do so can be even more expensive.

Getting Arrested a Second Time

Those arrested for DUI will often encounter prosecutors and attorneys willing to cut a deal or even drop charges, especially when the person arrested has a lawyer. Getting arrested a second time, however, typically makes prosecutors far less likely to offer a lenient plea deal or drop charges. Those arrested twice have far less leverage than those arrested for the first time, and jail time might be inevitable in certain states. The easiest way to avoid a DUI is to only drive while sober, but this advice is even more important if you already have an arrest.

Not Investigating License Opportunities

Many states revoke the driving licenses of people arrested for DUI, even if they haven’t been convicted or plead guilty. However, many states also provide hardship waivers and other means for people to continue driving while the trial is pending. In the state of Florida, for example, those who sign up for DUI school can typically use a hardship license to continue driving for certain purposes, including school and work. One of the benefits of hiring a lawyer quickly is having a guide to help you through the process, which can mean the difference between keeping and losing your job. Those who have been arrested need to ensure they research relevant laws and ask lawyers about available options.

DUI arrests can be costly, and it’s important to act promptly if you’ve been arrested. There are often ways to avoid harsh penalties, and lawyers can sometimes get charges dismissed entirely. Be cautious if you’ve been arrested as small mistakes you make after being arrested can have severe consequences in the future.

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