About Sobriety Checkpoints

Arrested at a DUI Roadblock in Las Vegas?

Were you arrested at a DUI checkpoint in the Greater Las Vegas Area? Are these roadblocks even legal? Sobriety checkpoints, otherwise known as "roadblocks" are legal in Las Vegas, and throughout Nevada.

Sobriety checkpoints are police stops strategically set up by officers to randomly stop vehicles for the purpose of finding and arresting drunk drivers. If you were stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in Vegas and subsequently arrested for DUI, we urge you to contact the Brown Law Offices for a strong DUI defense.

DUI law is complex, but it is not hopeless. Since your future is important, you should hire the most skilled Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer you can find. We are former prosecutors, and we maintain an A+ Rating by the Better Business Bureau. Beyond that, we are 9.9 Superb Rated by Avvo, and we are selected to the American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Lawyers.

DUI Checkpoints: What You Need to Know

Sobriety checkpoints are generally set up in areas with a higher than usual volume of drunk drivers or drunk driving crashes. During a roadblock, drivers are briefly detained and quickly interviewed by police officers. Suspicious drivers are then subjected to field sobriety tests and in some cases preliminary breath tests.

Are sobriety checkpoints unconstitutional? While the Constitution requires that the police have probable cause before stopping a vehicle, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the dangers of drunk driving are so great, that sobriety checkpoints are an exception to the search and seizure provisions covered in the Constitution.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has gone so far as to issue guidelines for coordinating sobriety checkpoints, some of which include:

  • Checkpoints should include prosecutors during planning to ensure they are conducted legally.
  • Sobriety checkpoints cannot be set up so they create a traffic safety hazard.
  • The officers should safely warn approaching motorists of the roadblock.
  • To benefit from its deterrent effect, sobriety checkpoints should be aggressively publicized.

Contact the Brown Law Offices today!

Just because you were arrested for DUI, it does not mean that your arrest will lead to a conviction. Act now, and contact the Brown Law Offices for DUI defense representation. As former prosecutors who practice state and federal criminal defense, we know the states DUI laws inside and out and stand ready to defend you!