The Santa Rosa Police Department will be conducting a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint beginning this evening at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday. The checkpoint will take place at an undisclosed location where police indicate a significant number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred.
Police checkpoints aimed at stopping people from driving under the influence and getting unlicensed drivers off the roads have become more common in recent years. Police Departments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and California have been receiving grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fund such checkpoints. This Friday’s DUI checkpoint is being funded by such a grant.
Court cases dealing with the legality of checkpoints mandate that cars entering a checkpoint will stopped based on a predetermined mathematical formula. If a driver who is stopped appears to the police to be driving under the influence they will be asked to pull into a screening area where officers will conduct a DUI investigation. The driver may then be asked to exit the vehicle and submit to field sobriety testing which may include the administration of a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) device. Submission to field sobriety testing and/or a PAS breath testing device is voluntary and not required under California Law. However, if a police officer has cause to arrest a person for DUI they must submit to a chemical test to determine their blood alcohol concentration.
If you are charged with a DUI in Sonoma County or Marin County you could be punished with probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Punishment is greater for people with multiple offenses for driving under the influence. Whether arrested for DUI in Santa Rosa, Sonoma or Petaluma, you need to call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.
For more information about driving under the influence charges in Marin County, Healdsburg and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call Marin County DUI attorney John Stanko at 415-755-8899, 707-642-8900, or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.