Labor Day weekend signified the end of summer and an opportunity to relax before the fall season. For law enforcement officers, it meant a great opportunity to set up DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols on Maryland roadways. During a DUI checkpoint, officers pull over every vehicle or a predetermined number of vehicles, hoping to identify impaired drivers and get them off the road.
Police officers have very strict guidelines for conducting these checkpoints properly. If they do not pull over every vehicle, they must use a random mathematical formula to determine which vehicles to stop (e.g. every third vehicle or every fifth vehicle). They cannot stop vehicles based on personal preference. If officers suspect that a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they can ask the driver to step out of the vehicle.
After asking the driver to step out of the vehicle, the officers may ask the driver to perform tests designed to look for impairment. These tests, called field sobriety tests, help officers judge a driver’s balance, reaction time and other factors related to possible impairment. If someone suspected of DUI fails these tests, the officers may ask him or her to take a breathalyzer test to determine his or her breath alcohol concentration.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for drunk driving in the Maryland or the District of Columbia, it is important that you seek the advice of an experienced DUI attorney who can review the circumstances of your arrest and build a strong defense on your behalf. If you let too much time lapse between your arrest and seeking legal help, you could forget important details that could help your case. Also, if you are arrested in the state of Maryland you may have only 10 days from the date of your arrest to save your license from automatic suspension.
The Maryland drunk driving defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer have successfully defended over 1,000 Maryland and District of Columbia residents charged with DUI and DWI. The penalties for a DUI conviction can include jail time, steep fines and license suspension. Don’t risk your license or your freedom. For a free, no-obligation review of your DUI case, contact us at 301-262-7005.