Even if you’ve only had a couple of beers at a bar, you still need to be extra careful the minute you start driving your car. Cops are out there looking for you to slip up. Driving over the speed limit; not coming to a full stop at a stop sign; failing to use your turn signals when switching lanes, etc.
Orlando is about twenty towns that make up one large city, and all around this entire area the police have set up DUI checkpoints. The problem with DUI checkpoints is that they are always at an undisclosed location within the city. These checkpoints are staffed by local officers, deputies and troopers.
So lets say you get stopped. Now what? The police might administer a breathalyzer test at the DUI checkpoint. While you have every right to refuse it, you must understand that you can still get arrested by the officer(s) if they feel they have a probable cause. As soon as you refuse the breathalyzer test, the police will ask you to exit the vehicle and perform field sobriety exercises. Unlike the breathalyzer test, the field sobriety exercises provide the officer(s) with more subjective proof of your potential DUI.
This is why it is so important to have a skilled defense attorney. You might think you don’t have a shot at winning this battle because the evidence against you is too strong. There is always something that can be done to help you with a DUI case. Your lawyer can review the facts of your drunk driving stop. Find out if the police officer(s) followed the law, or if they conducted the stop illegally. Your attorney can look at the breath test, because breath test results are not foolproof. It’s possible that the breathalyzer machine was not properly calibrated or that it was mishandled. With so many possible DUI defense strategies, you would be a fool to just take your punishment without fighting for your rights.