Arguments Against Sobriety Checkpoints

There are many practices that law enforcement officers use to identify drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including watching drivers for signs of intoxication, issuing sobriety tests following routine traffic stops, and stopping drivers for examination at sobriety checkpoints.

In recent years, federal and state lawmakers have questioned the legality of sobriety checkpoints, arguing that the U.S. Constitution protects citizens from being detained without a search warrant for probable cause. If you have been accused of DWI after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, contact Dallas DWI attorney Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.

Legality and Effectiveness of Sobriety Checkpoints

When it comes to using roadblocks to detain drivers for sobriety checks, lawmakers have questioned:

  • The legality of detaining drivers without a warrant
  • If sobriety checkpoints violate the laws against unreasonable search and seizure
  • If the use of roadblocks is an efficient use of law enforcement resources
  • If roving patrols may be more effective than sobriety checkpoints

While law enforcement agencies have put forth efforts to keep drivers safe from individuals who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is important to make sure that the techniques used do not violate people’s rights.

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If you are facing DWI charges, you have the right to defend yourself in a court of law. For assistance with your case, contact Dallas DWI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your defense.

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