People don’t regularly think about getting a DUI violation until it’s just about to happen, and Scottsdale DUI checkpoints are no exception. Local law enforcement plan DUI checkpoints with precision, knowing exactly where they can realize the highest probability of Scottsdale DUI arrests to make a social impact. Much of anti-drinking enforcement is about generating a visible deterrent. So when Scottsdale DUI violations start to hit peers, coworkers and neighbors, people begin to pay attention and watch their own behavior.
A Scottsdale DUI checkpoint will frequently occur at night, when people tend to go to bars and restaurants the most. Further, when a big event is in town, one can bet that local law enforcement are going to be present, even if not running an official testing area for drivers to go through. It doesn’t take much for an officer to see probable cause, the basis of a traffic stop, and once that happens the driver can potentially go through a full testing to confirm if he’s been drinking or not.
An arrest at a Scottsdale DUI checkpoint can be a very disturbing process to go through. In most cases suspect drivers are usually going home after a big event or a fun night. So being stopped by a police officer is the last thing he wants to deal with. If an officer believes there’s enough evidence present for an arrest, the driver will very likely be ordered to leave his car, will be searched and handcuffed, and then transported by police car to the local booking station. The suspect will then likely spend the night in jail until sober and the booking process is complete.
In most Scottsdale DUI arrests, the suspect will likely be released the next day with a ticket and notice to appear in court. That can lead to driving school, thousands of dollars in penalties and court fees, and higher insurance premiums. In repeat violations or a Scottsdale DUI where another party was injured, the party could be held until arraignment, triggering a bail payment, loss of time at work, social embarrassment, and very likely felony criminal charges that can result in fines and jail time.
As a result, a simple DUI or a complex one can literally turn a person’s life upside down. Further, the ramifications can be long-lasting as well. Insurance premiums that go up thanks to a violation are frequently stuck at that level for years. The driver also gets a serious mark on his DMV record or could see his driver’s license suspended or eliminated. This could last from one to three years. Those who rely on driving to perform their jobs can potentially lose their employment with a DUI. In the same manner, those with security clearances could also be demoted or fired due to now having a Scottsdale DUI conviction on a personal public record. So no one should think that a DUI, even a first-time offense, is a simple matter.
If you or someone you know ends up on the wrong side of a DUI checkpoint, give our law office a call immediately. There is quite a bit an experienced DUI defense attorney can do to lessen the damage of a Scottsdale DUI charge, both in the short-term and long-term. Going it alone in court is a bad idea because the system is entirely geared against a person arrested and suspected of a violation. So don’t throw your life and career to the full mercy of the court. You will just be a statistic. Let us help and control the damage instead.