Understanding Your Rights at Maryland DUI Checkpoints

Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring & Wheaton, Maryland

Maryland DUI CheckpointsWith Memorial Day upon us, there is bound to be an increase in DUI checkpoints throughout the state of Maryland. Knowing what to do when you come upon a checkpoint can play a key role in preventing legal troubles.

If you are arrested for drunk driving at a checkpoint this Memorial Day, you will want an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side as soon as possible. Rockville DUI defense lawyer Leon Geller is prepared to take your case and fight for your rights, helping secure the most favorable outcome.

Your Rights at a DUI Checkpoint

First and foremost, DUI checkpoints must be advertised before they take place. Their times and locations should be available through local media including radio, newspapers, and online sources. The best way to avoid charges at a DUI checkpoint is to avoid the checkpoint itself.

If you do come across a checkpoint, you have the right to turn around. In fact, police are required to provide an area where you can turn around if you so wish. If they fail to provide this area or refuse to allow you to turn around, you may have legal grounds to fight any charges that arise.

Lastly, you do not have to consent to tests at a DUI checkpoint – though failure to comply may still result in arrest. However, under certain circumstances, refusal to take tests may help you beat charges through legal challenges.

If you have been charged with DUI or arrested at a checkpoint, please contact The Law Offices of Leon Geller to schedule a free consultation. Attorney Geller provides DUI defense for people living in Rockville and throughout Maryland.