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Sobriety checkpoint causes more problems than it solves

A Memorial Day weekend sobriety checkpoint in Miami Beach caused traffic to back up for over 2 hours.  Officers reduced the normal three lanes of causeway traffic down to one so that they could screen drivers for any potential alcohol consumption.  Traffic was backed up for miles causing people to be late for work and other inconveniences.  After stopping hundreds upon hundreds of cars, police arrested one person on suspicion of DUI.

Checkpoints are considered to be violations of the Fourth Amendment unless certain standards are followed.  This checkpoint violated thousands of drivers’ constitutional rights.  If it had happened in Denver, this checkpoint would have specifically violated the sobriety checkpoint guidelines established in People v. Rister, 803 P.2d 483 (Colo. 1990).  In Rister, the Colorado Supreme Court said that sobriety checkpoints should either be suspended or cancelled altogether if these types of traffic delays developed.

If you have encountered a sobriety checkpoint in Denver or otherwise been contacted by police and charged with a DUI, please consult with a DUI attorney to explore your options.