This Memorial Day, drivers in Orange County can expect to encounter sobriety checkpoints and increased police patrols as law enforcement continues its crackdown on DUI-related offenses.
DUI, or driving under the influence, is an offense that involves operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This has always received considerable attention by lawmakers and law enforcement alike, and in Orange County a campaign is currently underway to deter drunk drivers. The "Avoid the 38" DUI Task Force, named such after the 38 participating law enforcement agencies in the county will be out in full force this Memorial Day weekend.
In addition to conducting sobriety checkpoints at various Orange County locations, increased patrols will be sent out to catch drunk drivers in the act. Checkpoints and saturation patrols are also meant to deter drunk driving in the first place.
Law enforcement is legally required to publicize the time and location of sobriety checkpoints before they occur, and they must carry out these roadblocks in a specific manner to ensure their constitutionality. Drivers are stopped based on a preset pattern to avoid discrimination, and if officers manning the checkpoint have probable cause to suspect that a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they may administer field sobriety tests and even make arrests for DUI. Drivers may also receive citations for invalid licenses or other issues.
If you are planning on going out on Memorial Day or over the weekend, you should be aware that law enforcement agencies throughout Orange County will be placing an increased focus on DUI enforcement. Designate a driver or use another means of transportation for your safety and to avoid being criminally charged. And if you find yourself in a situation where you have been pulled over and arrested for DUI, call an attorney as soon as possible to make sure your legal rights are protected.
With increased DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints, there is an increased chance that drivers will be pulled over on holidays like Memorial Day. Do not allow yourself to be wrongfully charged simply because you are driving on a day where the police are particularly vigilant about stopping drunk drivers. Call anOrange County DUI lawyer at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry for a confidential consultation.
During a case review with one of our legal professionals, you can find out exactly what options you have and what risks you may be facing in terms of license suspension and DUI charges. Taking immediate measures to counter your charges may help you avoid a conviction and the serious consequences this may carry. Call our offices today to get started.