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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, sobriety checkpoints, DUI checkpointsUnder Illinois law, sobriety checkpoints are a legal method used by police to find inebriated drivers and keep the state’s roadways safer. Sobriety checkpoints are police traffic stops that are not related to any individual suspicion of DUI. At temporary, random locations, police briefly detain and interview drivers. Those acting suspiciously are subjected to sobriety tests and, if they are intoxicated, charged with DUI.

Search and Seizure

Due to the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizures by the government, police generally need a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity to stop drivers. A reasonable suspicion does not mean an absolute certainty, but rather a justifiable suspicion that unlawful activity is occurring or is imminent.

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car search, drug sniffing dogs, DUI charge, DUI checkpoints, field sobriety test, Illinois criminal defense lawyer, Illinois DUI attorney, sobriety checkpointsPolice officers in Illinois have the authority to set up sobriety checkpoints to catch drunk drivers. Sobriety checkpoints are meant to allow police to provide safety to the public by conducting a brief investigation of stopped drivers. The police need to stop cars in a neutral manner and not target specific drivers. They can use a predetermined method of selecting cars to stop, or they can stop every car.

In addition, the police officers have to give some advanced warning of the checkpoint, usually by posting a sign before the checkpoint, and the police may only stop a driver for a reasonable time.

Sobriety Checkpoints Common on Holidays

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