Sobriety Checkpoints In Massachusetts
Massachusetts law enforcement often uses sobriety checkpoints to help cut down on drunk driving. Despite challenges, these checkpoints have been deemed constitutional, but only so long as they are carried out in accordance with strict guidelines. Those guidelines include:
- The cars stopped for inspection cannot be selected arbitrarily
- The checkpoint must be publicized in advance
- The checkpoint must be located in a “problem area”
- Police must follow proper procedures while conducting sobriety tests
At Geary & Geary, LLP, our attorneys have significant experience defending clients against serious DUI/OUI charges. We understand the nuances associated with arrests made at sobriety checkpoints and are prepared to defend your rights. We have been helping clients just like you for more than 50 years, and we look forward to adding you to our long list of satisfied past clients.
Arrested For OUI At A Sobriety Checkpoint During The Holidays?
The police are aware that drunk driving tends to occur more frequently during major holidays and on the weekends. As a result, it is not uncommon to see sobriety checkpoints throughout Massachusetts around:
- The Fourth of July
- St. Patrick’s Day
- New Year’s Day
- Cinco de Mayo
- Labor Day
Our criminal defense attorneys will work every avenue possible to ensure you obtain the best outcome possible in your case. This includes evaluating the sobriety checkpoint itself and the actions of the officers involved. We will then review police reports, obtain video (if available) and examine how sobriety or breath tests were administered. If there is any inaccuracy or violation of your rights, you can be sure that we will find it.
Contact A Criminal Defense Lawyer As Soon As Possible After An Arrest
Contact our drunk driving defense team online today if you were arrested for OUI/DUI in Lowell, Westford, Tewksbury, Wilmington or the surrounding areas. You may also call our firm locally at 978-319-4194 or toll-free at 866-497-7455, to schedule a free initial consultation.