Sobriety checkpoints are not currently authorized under Texas law. Many states do have sobriety checkpoints, which are designed to find drunk drivers and deter others from drinking and driving. Typically, in states where sobriety checkpoints are legal, an announcement will be made to the public giving them some advance warning of sobriety checkpoints being organized. These are often arranged during holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day to name a few. Texas law does allow, however, the use of roadblocks under certain guidelines. But there are currently no guidelines established for sobriety roadblocks in Texas at this time. This doesn’t mean that law enforcement could arrange some situation that is similar to a sobriety checkpoint and try to skirt the law in an effort to arrest and charge DWI drivers.
Former DA in charge of DWI cases:
At Hamilton Grant PC, we are squarely focused on protecting the rights of our clients. If you believe you have been charged with DWI in what amounted to an illegal sobriety checkpoint or roadblock, call our offices immediately. The use of a system to stop drivers systematically in an effort to find drunk drivers is illegal. If it is established that the police were attempting to disguise a sobriety checkpoint or roadblock detail to arrest drivers for DWI or other offenses, chances are your charges will be dismissed – as long as you have the right Collin County DWI lawyer fighting for you.
Please call today and schedule an initial consultation so we can help you fight your charges if you have been charged with a DWI in Collin County.