Georgia DUI Roadblocks
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence and you were stopped at a Georgia DUI roadblock, it is very important to contact an experienced defense attorney. Your constitutional rights may be at stake.
The state of Georgia has allowed law enforcement officers to start cracking down on those who drive drunk by making it legal to set up DUI roadblocks. However, it’s important to understand that police officers cannot set up a roadblock any time, any place. First, they must be able to prove that there is a legitimate reason for setting up a roadblock. One example is if there is a high volume of DUI arrests in a particular location. They are also required to publicly announce the roadblock in an effort to deter drivers from operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Even if law enforcement followed the conditions of the roadblock, they must still have had probable cause to conduct a DUI investigation. For instance, during a DUI roadblock, the officers will ask for your license and registration. They will likely ask you where you are coming from and if you have been drinking. You may politely decline to answer these questions as they may be used against you later in court. If while talking to you the officer notices signs that you have been drinking (slurred speech, the smell of alcohol, etc.), they may ask you to take a breathalyzer and field sobriety test. In this case, the officer had probable cause to believe you had been drinking alcohol.
If the roadblock was set up illegally or the officer did not have probable cause, your case may be dismissed in court. This is the job of your defense attorney to uncover these facts and present them in court.
Road blocks are typically set up between midnight at 4am in areas close to bars and restaurants. Using this tactic, law enforcement officers hope to catch as many DUI offenders as possible. And the penalties for a DUI arrest are severe. This is why it’s imperative to speak with a DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. Complete a free case evaluation now to contact Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis.