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Sobriety checkpoints in Nevada

There are very specific requirements in place that motorists need to be aware of regarding sobriety checkpoints.
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    January 11, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Police departments throughout Nevada have long focused on removing drunk drivers from the state's roadways. There are many different methods that officers may use when trying to find motorists who may be under the influence. During holidays or other important events, many law enforcement agencies will conduct saturation patrols in high-traffic areas in the hopes that this will lead to increased DUI arrests.

In many cases, these campaigns will include the use of DUI roadblocks. This means that police will block off a section of a roadway and screen all drivers that are attempting to travel through the region for a specific period of time. If a motorist exhibits any potential signs of impairment, the officers will be able to remove the driver from the vehicle to continue the investigation.

There are several requirements that police must follow when they are conducting a sobriety checkpoint within Nevada. Law enforcement agencies must notify residents that these roadblocks will be happening at a particular point in time. The checkpoint must be visible to approaching motorists from at least 100 yards away. There must also be signage that informs motorists that a sobriety checkpoint is up ahead.

Police must stop each vehicle that travels through the roadblock. If a motorist is suspected of being under the influence, the officer may conduct field sobriety tests. If the driver fails these tests, it is likely that the individual will be arrested for DUI. At that time, the officer may request that the motorist submit to a preliminary breath test (PBT) test to determine the amount of alcohol that is present in his or her system. Although the PBT may be used for probable cause purposes (to decide whether the police have probable cause for the arrest), the actual reading is NOT admissible to prove your blood alcohol level.

It may be wise for individuals not to blow into the PBT or take the field sobriety tests. All this does is gives the police more evidence to use against you.

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you need to be sure that you have an understanding of what will happen throughout the process. Police may be trying to trick you into admitting that you had something to drink before getting behind the wheel, and can use this evidence against you when pursuing a conviction.

Before you discuss anything with law enforcement, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more about what you can do to protect your rights. An attorney will be able to work with you every step of the way, including in the courtroom, if necessary.

Being convicted of drunk driving will change your entire life. If you have any other future alcohol-related driving offenses, the penalties that you could be facing will be much more severe and disruptive. The punishment for a third time DUI involves MANDATORY prison time. You need to offer a strong defense against these charges.

Article provided by Mace J. Yampolsky & Associates
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