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Currently, sobriety checkpoints are not authorized under Texas law. Sobriety checkpoints, also referred to as DWI roadblocks, are designed to find drunk drivers and deter individuals from drinking and driving. In states where they are allowed, an announcement to the public is required to give advance warning of the checkpoint. Typically, sobriety checkpoints are organized on holiday weekends or other times law enforcement believes drunk drivers will be on the road.
Although sobriety checkpoints are not allowed, the use of roadblocks is permitted in Texas under certain guidelines. It is possible that law enforcement could attempt to arrange a situation where a roadblock is used to arrest drivers on suspicion of DWI, and if this occurs, the DWI / DUI attorneys at McCarty-Larson, PLLC stands ready to defend your interests.
Call our Ellis County DWI lawyers at (972) 895-7636 today if you were stopped and arrested for DWI at a roadblock.
As a knowledgeable Ellis County DWI attorney, Robin McCarty leads our team with his strong understanding of the state and federal laws regarding sobriety checkpoints. If you believe that you have been charged with driving while intoxicated at an illegal sobriety checkpoint, we can step in and determine how to best protect your interests.
If it is discovered that police officers attempted to disguise a sobriety checkpoint or roadblock, we can use this as a strong piece of evidence in your favor. In most circumstances, such charges will be dismissed. You will, however, need a powerful lawyer fighting for your rights.
Regardless of how it occurred, a DWI charge is a serious offense in Texas and it carries serious penalties. If you have been arrested for DWI in Ellis County, Tarrant County, Dallas County, or any of the surrounding areas, speak with an experienced professional at McCarty-Larson, PLLC about your options. Our goal is to protect your rights while exposing the errors in the prosecution’s case to increase your chance of a favorable outcome.