Roadside sobriety checkpoints are designed to allow law enforcement official to randomly stop and question motorists and to look for any evidence they may be DUI. While the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld that such checkpoints are justified to protect public safety, they also ruled that the motorists’ rights to privacy must be protected and left it up to each state to ensure that it is done. Sobriety checkpoints are legal in the state of Tennessee. These checkpoints are police traffic stops that are not tied to any specific or individual suspicions.
During a sobriety checkpoint, drivers are briefly detained and interviewed after which suspicious drivers are subject to sobriety tests. The purpose behind these checkpoints is to weed out inebriated drivers and thus keep the roads safer. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sobriety checkpoints have the potential to prevent nearly 1 out of 10 DUI-related deaths.
What rights do I have?
Drivers at sobriety or DUI checkpoints may refuse to speak with law enforcement and choose to keep their windows rolled up. Moreover, they might choose to exercise their constitutional rights by presented officers with a “miranda rights” card. This includes the right to consult with an attorney before answering any questions.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been stopped at any Knoxville DUI checkpoints and arrested on DUI charges, you should speak with a Knoxville DUI lawyer as soon as possible.