The chances are high that at some point you will have to navigate an OWI checkpoint. OWI checkpoints are a popular means of catching those who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Whether you are just coming up on a police checkpoint or want to prepare for the future, it’s important to keep several tips in mind for a smooth, uneventful experience.
- Think before You Speak: What you say can be used against you. In any interaction with law enforcement, it’s important to only give out basic information about yourself. If you are questioned beyond basic information about identification or insurance, you can politely request to exercise your Fourth Amendment right to remain silent.
- Mind Your P’s & Q’s: Remain calm and polite throughout all your interactions with law enforcement. Not only does this suggest that you have nothing to hide, it can also keep law enforcement from interpreting your behavior as resistant or aggressive.
- Don’t Consent to a Search: You are not legally obligated to consent to a search of yourself or of your vehicle unless the officer possesses probable cause or a warrant. Politely refuse to participate with the search.
- Don’t Consent to a Field Sobriety Test: In order to be subjected to a field sobriety test, such as the walk and turn, the one leg stand, or the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, you have to give your consent. The results, although often inaccurate, could be used against you.
Facing Charges? Call a Fort Wayne OWI Attorney.
Even if you were respectful, polite and reasonably compliant with the requests of the officers at the checkpoint, you could still potentially be charged with an OWI. If you find yourself in this situation, you need the experienced help of a skilled OWI attorney.
Contact Arnold Terrill Ridenour, P.C. today for more information about your legal options.