The Arizona Highway Patrol has seriously upped its game when it comes to sobriety checkpoints. In addition to blanketing the state with their checkpoints, they even partnered earlier this year with other law enforcement agencies looking for impaired people on the Colorado River.
In this article, we’ll share tips on how to avoid raising suspicion of the officers as you approach a sobriety checkpoint.
Make sure all of your passengers remain quiet and calm through the entire process.
The police will most likely attempt to engage you and your passengers in conversation. Rather than just being friendly, they’re keeping an eye and ear out for the behavior of all occupants and are also looking for underage drinking violations.
They can’t search your car unless you let them.
No, the police are not legally permitted to search your vehicle at a sobriety checkpoint unless you give them permission to do so or you give them probable cause to search.
Make sure your driver’s license and registration are current and can be located quickly.
It’s a good idea to place your registration and insurance information in a separate envelope in your glove compartment so that you can get to them easily.
This is crucial because fumbling around for them can raise the suspicion of the police, so don’t give them any extra reason to look inside.
Take advantage of your 5th Amendment rights by not saying anything to the officer.
The very best thing you can say to an officer at a sobriety checkpoint is simply, “I do not wish to answer that question.”
You don’t have to respond with any information about where you’ve been or where you’re going.
As the driver, you make the rules.
It’s up to you – the diver – to lay down the ground rules for all of your passengers. Do not let any of them have or carry opened alcoholic beverages in your vehicle – it’s simply not worth it
One of the worst things you can do if you’ve been charged – rightly or wrongly – for driving under the influence, is to try to represent yourself in court. There’s simply far too much at stake.
That’s why you need the skilled expertise of a legal defense attorney who can help to reduce the charges or have then thrown out altogether.
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