DUI Checkpoints in Arizona

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Aug 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the final weekend of summer, Labor Day, approaches and with the Holiday Season being right around the corner, police will be gearing up their DUI patrols throughout Phoenix, Tempe and greater Maricopa County.  Often, and as a means to lessen the cost of DUI enforcement, police will set up checkpoints as a means to deter people from driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

 Most states, including Arizona allow for DUI checkpoints. DUI checkpoints are established by law enforcement with the intention of arresting people for DUI and deterring drivers from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Under Arizona law, law enforcement has the right to perform sobriety roadside checkpoints. Sobriety checkpoints or DUI roadblocks are temporary checkpoints  used by police  to deter drivers from operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. These checkpoints are frequently set up either late at night, or early in the morning after bars have closed or house parties and gatherings are likely to have ended. They can also be set up in areas where accidents are often caused by impaired or drunk drivers.  

Police are required to follow  specific protocols when operating a DUI checkpoint; Generally,  the checkpoint must be publicized. Additionally, they are required to stop each and every car rather than profile a specific class of individuals such as younger drivers. Police must have supervisor approval before establishing the checkpoint and have probable cause before making a  DUI arrest.   

 You are not required to answer any questions about whether or not you have been drinking if contacted at a DUI checkpoint. Many people are arrested simply because they admit to having a "couple of drinks" when interviewed by police. the 5th Amendment says people are not  required to incriminate themselves, You can simply  remain silent. People often think that honesty is the best policy. Unfortunately, that can often lead to a DUI arrest and conviction.

If you are contacted at a DUI checkpoint,  give police  your driver's license and registration and insurance.  You are required by law to provide these documents to the police officer any time you are pulled over. As the police officer is looking over these documents and talking to you, they will be watching and listening for any obvious signs of impairment. Police also often  look for signs of alcohol consumptions such as slurred speech, the smell of alcohol on your breath, any open containers in your vehicle, an open admission that you have been drinking or any physical signs of impairment such as fumbling or having difficulty gathering your documents.

You may refuse field sobriety tests such as the eye test, walking a straight line or standing on one leg any time you are stopped by police. You are not legally required to perform these tests and  cannot be penalized for refusing them, If arrested however and asked to submit to a chemical test such as a breath or blood test, you have the legal right to refuse, but risk losing your license for one year. If you were arrested for DUI,  then you should contact an attorney right away. Roadblock cases are unique to other DUI cases, since the weight of the prosecution's case relies on whether or not the checkpoint was in compliance with local laws and regulations as opposed to police observance of erratic driving behavior. Even if there is damaging evidence against you, you should consult with an experienced DUI attorney who can help defend your  case.

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If you, a family member or friend has been arrested for a misdemeanor DUI offense in Arizona, it is important that you immediately begin working with a qualified DUI attorney who can effectively represent you in the court of law and take necessary steps to protect your driver's license. Attorney Raymond Kimble is a former police officer, DUI and felony prosecutor and has represented thousands of people charged with DUI in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix and other cities throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties over the last twenty years. Ray Kimble  will have a clear understanding of all the circumstances in your case, along with the knowledge, skill and experience to protect your drivers license and achieve the best possible outcome for you.


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Raymond Kimble

About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.


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