Orange County DUI Checkpoints August 25-26, 2017
As law enforcement prepares for the busy OC Labor Day weekend, DUI checkpoints are announced for the weekend of August 25th and 26th, 2017, for Orange County, California, in the cities of Tustin, Mission Viejo, and Anaheim. The specific information on Orange County DUI Checkpoints August 18, 2017, are as follows:
Tustin DUI Checkpoint
The Tustin DUI Task Force of the Tustin Police Department will be conducting an Orange County DUI Checkpoint on August 25th, 2017, from the hours of 7 pm to 3 am. While the exact location has not yet been announced, our Orange County DUI Lawyers have noticed a pattern – most prior DUI checkpoints have been on or near the Tustin Marketplace, near or around Jamboree Road, Irvine Boulevard, or at Newport Boulevard between the 5 freeway and First Street.
Garden Grove DUI Checkpoint
The Garden Grove DUI Task Force of the Garden Grove Police Department will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on August 25th, 2017, from the hours of 9 pm to 3 am. Many in the past have been at or near Brookhurst Avenue. Our Orange County DUI Attorneys are available if you have more information about this Orange County DUI checkpoint.
La Habra DUI Checkpoint
The La Habra DUI division of the La Habra Police Department has scheduled a La Habra DUI checkpoint on August 25th, 2017, from the hours of 930 pm to 3 am. The exact location has not yet been announced.
Laguna Beach DUI Checkpoint
On Saturday, August 26th, 2017, the City of Laguna Beach, and the Laguna Beach Police Department, will hold a Laguna Beach DUI Checkpoint, from the hours of 9 pm to 3 am. Laguna Beach has a high rate of DUI arrests and is very interested in deterring DUI cases in their city.
Are Orange County DUI Checkpoints Legal?
California courts have upheld DUI checkpoints as legal. DUI checkpoints are constitutional under the California Constitution because the California Supreme Court considers them administrative procedures, rather like airport security, and therefore an exception to the rule that a police officer must have probable cause to initiate a traffic stop.
Are the Orange County DUI Checkpoints August 25-26, 2017, effective?
The main case in California regarding the legality of sobriety checkpoints is Ingersoll v. Palmer. The Ingersoll case sets out the following eight guidelines in order for the security checkpoint to be considered constitutional:
- More experienced supervisor police officers must make all decisions in the DUI checkpoint;
- The criteria for stopping motorists in a DUI checkpoint must be neutral, such as “every third car”, rather than be “I think that person looks guilty”;
- The DUI checkpoint must be reasonably located;
- Adequate safety precautions must be taken for every DUI Checkpoint;
- The DUI checkpoint time and duration should reflect good judgment;
- The checkpoint must exhibit sufficient indications that it is a police operation;
- Drivers should be detained a minimal amount of time during the DUI Checkpoint, and
- All DUI Checkpoints must be publicly announced in advance, which is why the police send police press releases regarding DUI checkpoints. It’s a legal requirement.
If police fail to comply with these criteria when the DUI checkpoint is set up, then the DUI checkpoint can be challenged and could lead to any results of the DUI checkpoint being suppressed, which is one way how to dismiss a DUI case.
Contact us today if you have questions about any of the Orange County DUI Checkpoints August 25-26, 2017. As among the best DUI lawyers in OC, we can help you if you or a loved one were arrested for DUI anywhere in Orange County.