DUI checkpoints are legal in the state of Tennessee, so there’s always a chance you could find yourself face to face with an officer of the law.
While there’s no guarantee of trouble, if you’ve been drinking you’re likely to have concerns about what will happen.
Knowing what you should and shouldn’t do at a DUI checkpoint will help you avoid trouble, thus allowing you to move on without the potential consequences of an arrest.
Here’s what you should do at a DUI checkpoint:
- Slow down and follow direction: Once you realize that you’re coming upon a DUI checkpoint, slow down and wait for one of the officers to tell you what to do next. Driving in a suspicious manner, such as tapping your brakes or changing lanes looks suspicious.
- Remain courteous: Regardless of how you feel about the checkpoint and the way you’re treated, you must remain courteous and respectful throughout your interaction with the officer. Neglecting to do so gives them more reason to dig deeper in hope of finding something to arrest you for.
- Don’t explain your legal rights: This is a telltale sign that you’re trying to hide something. The officer is well aware of what they can and can’t do, so keep your thoughts on your rights to yourself. Just follow direction.
- Don’t say too much: The more you say, the greater chance there is that you’ll slip up. Answer the questions that are directed at you, all while keeping them concise. Don’t elaborate, such as by telling the officer you never drink and drive or “only had one” a few hours ago.
Along with the above, should you be put under arrest, don’t resist. It’s not going to do you any good, but could result in additional criminal charges.
After you’re processed and released, you’ll have a better idea of your charges and what you’re up against moving forward. In the near future, your day in court will arrive, so it’s critical that you have a defense strategy in place to protect your legal rights.
Your goal is to avoid a conviction, but if that’s not possible you want to reduce the penalties against you.