Sobriety Checkpoints Are Not Just About Sobriety
Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2012 – Sobriety checkpoints exist to check for a wide variety of offenses.
“Sobriety checkpoints are not just about catching drunk drivers. They are also designed to check drivers for drug-impaired driving, not to mention equipment violations, proper registration, proper insurance coverage, and whether they have a valid driver’s license,” said Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense lawyer.
Consider a recent sobriety checkpoint operation held in a neighboring county, in which County Sheriffs halted at least 200 vehicles, and in the process, arrested and charged one individual for not having a valid driver’s license, possessing a controlled substance he planned to sell and possessing marijuana. “It was apparently a fairly busy operation, with narcotics deputies, K-9 units and regular deputies manning the checkpoint,” Grajek added.
“If you get stopped at a checkpoint such as this, make sure you know your rights,” Grajek cautioned. For instance, those stopped on the suspicion of driving while intoxicated are not obligated to take a field sobriety test, or carry out any other type of test requested by law enforcement. They are also not required to speak to a police officer.
“When it comes right down to it, if someone is charged with DUI/DWI, or thinks they will be, it is best if they say nothing, and insist on calling criminal defense counsel. Do not say anything to the police. Do not volunteer why you may have been driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, because your words will come back to haunt you later. Why you were driving under the influence is something to discuss only with your lawyer, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise,” Grajek added.
Ultimately, it would be a good idea not to drink and drive, or drive while under the influence of a drug. However, life happens, and sometimes an unexpected reaction to a drug, or an inadvertent combination of two substances causes a person to drive erratically. This is when the skilled assistance of a criminal defense attorney is mandatory in order to get justice.
Thomas C. Grajek
206 Easton Drive, Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
View Larger Map
- Woman arrested for DUI while wearing a "Hello Kitty" costume. Drink responsibly and be safe this Halloween!
Halloween is almost here and that means candy, costumes, and parties. Remember to be safe and responsible. There are a lot of children out on the streets Trick-or-Treating and drinking and driving at this time of year can be dangerous. Already, on Sunday a woman in Maine was arrested while dressed as “Hello Kitty”. She was stopped for allegedly driving in the wrong lane. It was not clear whether the driver was wearing the Hello Kitty head pictured below found in the car: The driver refused the breath test. In Florida, the police are not allowed to request a […]
- Bartow high school teacher arrested for drugs over the weekend. Was the search legal?
Over the weekend, a Bartow high school teacher was arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia (a grinder). WFLA channel 8 is reporting that Polk County Sheriff deputies allegedly went to the teacher’s house in response to a tip that the teacher was in possession of the marijuana. Once the deputies arrived, they alleged smelled the odor of marijuana and searched the house according to the news report. Because the arrest just occurred, I was not able to get a copy of the actual police report, but there appears to be some issues with this search and whether it was […]
- If you have been arrested, the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure require you to disclose certain evidence.
If you have been arrested, one of the first things a criminal defense attorney does is file a “Demand for Discovery” and serve it on the prosecutor. This helps prepare the defense of your case by requiring the prosecutor to turn over information and evidence to the defense lawyer. This is an essential tool in the defense of a case because it lets the attorney and defendant know what they are up against, what defenses are available, and where the prosecutor’s evidence is lacking on an essential element of the crime. However, once a defendant chooses to participate in Discovery, […]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, Polk County criminal defense attorney, Polk County criminal defense lawyer, Polk County DUI attorney, Polk County DUI lawyer