Irvine DUI Checkpoint announced for June 12, 2015

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Irvine DUI Checkpoint announced for June 12, 2015

English: Freeway onramp to the 405 North at Ja...

DUI checkpoint near this onramp to the 405 North at Jamboree Road.

Another Orange County DUI Checkpoint, an Irvine DUI Checkpoint announced for June 12, 2015, was announced as an OC DUI Checkpoint. The Irvine Police Department have announced a DUI checkpoint to be conducted tomorrow, Friday, June 12, 2015, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the area of Jamboree Road and Michelson Drive. That area is near Houston’s, The Daily Dose, and is near the Daily Grill, The Melting Pot, on one side of the 405, and Andrei’s on the other.

Our Irvine DUI Lawyers learned about the DUI checkpoint from a press release issued by Irvine PD – they stated that they wanted publicity for this DUI checkpoint to deter drunk driving in the City of Irvine.

Are DUI Checkpoints Legal?

As most people know, DUI checkpoints are roadblocks that law enforcement officers set up on roads for the purpose of catching people driving under the influence of alcohol. Some of us also think they are used to generate revenue for police departments and the State, since the stops often result in citizens being slapped with minor (finable) offenses. Of course, civil asset forfeiture laws allow the police to seize vehicles and share impound fees between the police and  has been implemented during these stops as well.

In California, the Ingersoll decision sets up the legality of DUI checkpoints in CA, but also the requirements for them to be legal.

Twelve states do not conduct sobriety checkpoints because they prohibit them by state law or their interpretation of state Constitution. If you live in, or are driving through, any of these 12 states, you won’t have to worry about encountering entrapment checkpoints:

  • Alaska,
  • Idaho,
  • Iowa,
  • Michigan,
  • Minnesota,
  • Montana,
  • Oregon,
  • Rhode Island,
  • Texas,
  • Washington,
  • Wisconsin, and
  • Wyoming.

Interestingly, many of the 38 states that DO conduct checkpoints do so under the belief that they are “upheld” under the federal Constitution. Washington, D.C. also allows them for that reason.

And, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that in the case of DUI checkpoints, our Fourth Amendment rights don’t apply. That court found that the state’s interest in reducing drunk driving outweighs the “minor infringement” on a driver’s Constitutional rights.

Certain requirements for “Constitutional” checkpoints do apply, though.  In California, the Ingersoll decision applies:

In order for the checkpoints to be Constitutional there must be clear guidelines that are carefully followed by the legal authorities. Additionally, the Court has left it up to each individual state to develop these guidelines. In California, for example, the state supreme court has held that the decisions about where to set up sobriety checkpoints and about which cars to stop (i.e. every car, every sixth car, etc) must be made by supervisors prior to officers setting up the checkpoints. The sites selected should be in areas that have a high incidence of drunk driving and the length of each stop should be minimized. (source)

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Orange DUI Checkpoint results in five arrests

Orange DUI Checkpoint results in five arrests

Our Orange County DUI Lawyers have learned that the Orange DUI Checkpoint results in five arrests from their Orange Police Department Orange DUI Checkpoint last weekend.

Of the five, four were related to alcohol, and one was drug related. (It was not mentioned whether this was a Prescription Drug DUI case, or an Illegal Drug DUI case). There were also 14 drivers cited or arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle unlicensed or while a license was suspended/revoked, and 21 other citations issued.

The checkpoint screened 903 vehicles, so this was a 0.0553% arrest rate, which is typical for DUI checkpoints, which are largely inefficent when compared to other means, such as saturation patrols.

As we had announced here, the Orange DUI Checkpoint was set up from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at 300 The City Drive South in Orange, California. If you need the help of the Best DUI Lawyer in Orange County, please call our law firm at (949) 682-5316.

WHY DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE ORANGE COUNTY DUI CHECKPOINTS?

DUI Checkpoints are even admitted by law enforcement to be less effective than other means of removing drunk drivers from the road. But, even though DUI checkpoints don’t work, police state they had a deterrent effect preventing people from driving in the first place.  The truth is that funding in grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), MADD, and the Federal Government ensure DUI checkpoints are used first before other measures.

ARE DUI CHECKPOINTS LEGAL?

The US Supreme Court, as well as the law in California, makes DUI checkpoints legal, as long as they follow certain criteria, including:

  • Decision making by supervisors: This is important to ensure that checkpoints aren’t set up in “arbitrary and capricious” locations. The court didn’t say so, but we’re guessing they wanted to avoid any accusations of racial profiling.
  • Limits on discretion of field officers: The theme of distrust of the officer continues. Strict procedures and a random selection of drivers according to a preset pattern (every third driver, for example) are suggested to avoid abuse.
  • Maintenance of safety conditions: We’re not sure how it applies to constitutionality, but the court wanted lots of bright lights and signs.
  • Reasonable location: The location should be based on relevant factors, such as areas with high incidences of DUI or DUI accidents.
  • Time and duration: There are no hard and fast rules, but the timing should be set to optimize the effectiveness of the checkpoint. In other words, put ’em up when the drunks are out.
  • Indicia of official nature of roadblock: This is more babble about bright lights and warning signs. They do mention that the lights and signage should be visible for the sake of notification to the drivers. Drivers also can’t be pulled over for avoiding the checkpoint, unless they violate a law to do so.
  • Length and nature of detention: The time of the stop should be minimized as to infringe on a person’s rights as little as possible. That means peek at the eyes, smell for booze, and look for cans. If there are no signs of intoxication, the driver should be let go. If they look or smell drunk, field sobriety tests are appropriate.
  • Advance publicity: Ingersoll was in favor of advance publicity. It referred to the deterrent effect and stated that the notice minimizes intrusiveness to a person’s rights. In 1993, the court in People v. Banks stated that publicity was not a requirement, but it certainly helps.

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