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The right approach at a DUI checkpoint is a must

In the state of South Carolina, it's legal for police to set up a DUI checkpoint. As scary as it may be, when you take the right approach, you put yourself in position to avoid an arrest.

There are a variety of mistakes that people often make at a DUI checkpoint. The following five are among the most common:

  • Open alcohol container: If an officer spots an open alcohol container in your vehicle, you can be sure they assume that you've been drinking. Also, as a driver, it's your responsibility to make sure your passengers don't open alcohol in your car.
  • Erratic driving: As your nerves kick in, you may pump your brakes, move from lane to lane and even come to a stop while you process what's happening. All of these things look suspicious and will attract the attention of the officers at the checkpoint.
  • Talking back: Telling an officer they're wasting your time or doing something illegal is a huge mistake. Even if you're not arrested for DUI, you could run into a variety of other charges if you become too aggressive.
  • Attempting to drive through the checkpoint: Yes, you have legal rights as a driver, but you're required to stop at a checkpoint. You're not permitted to drive through it, ignoring the officer's call to stop, just because you think it's against the law (it isn't).
  • Illegal U-turn: You're not required by law to go through a DUI checkpoint. While you're permitted to make a U-turn, it must be done in accordance with the law. If an officer spots you violating the law, they're likely to pull you over. This can lead to a traffic ticket for the illegal U-turn, as well as a closer look into your sobriety.

When you avoid these mistakes, you're in better position to make it through a DUI checkpoint with as little hassle as possible.

If you're put under arrest for driving under the influence, remain quiet as you cooperate with police. Once you're processed and released, learn more about your arrest and the next steps in the legal process. There are defense strategies you can use to help prevent a conviction and associated consequences.

Visit our website for more information on all DUI-related matters.

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