Sobriety Checkpoints

As the dangers of drunk driving become more apparent to the public, many states have decided to step up enforcement to remove drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs from the roadways. One popular method of apprehending drunk drivers is the establishment of “sobriety checkpoints” to inspect vehicles for drivers who may be under the influence.

Although some people may consider sobriety checkpoints to be an unnecessary inconvenience, studies show that they are very effective at catching people in the act of driving while intoxicated. In addition, the presence of law enforcement may make individuals think twice about driving after drinking alcohol. Persons who have been wrongly accused of DWI have the right to defend themselves in a court of law. If you or someone you love stands accused of driving under the influence, contact the Dallas DWI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.

Sobriety Checkpoint Do’s and Don’ts

When approaching a sobriety checkpoint you should:

  • Follow all traffic instructions
  • Obey instructions given by law enforcement officers
  • Provide your driver ‘s license and insurance if required
  • Request an attorney if necessary
  • Do not attempt to avoid the checkpoint
  • Do not turn around in a checkpoint zone
  • Do not attempt to “change drivers” in a checkpoint zone

Any attempts to avoid the checkpoint or leave the area before being stopped may give law enforcement officials probable cause to stop your vehicle and administer a field sobriety test.

Contact Us

If you have been accused of DWI, contact Dallas DWI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss the facts of your case.


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