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Beware of DUI Checkpoints on Halloween

To keep the streets safe from drunk drivers this Halloween (Wednesday, October 31, 2012), the Miami-Dade police force is expected to put DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints in place. The legality of DUI checkpoints in Florida is upheld by the federal Constitution and occur not just on holidays, but 15 to 20 times a month.

In Florida, the county is not required to announce the location of the DUI checkpoint. However, some counties will disclose this information to their local news stations and radio channels. For example, in Miami-Dade County, the police will sometimes (but not always) announce the location of the DUI checkpoint in Miami. If you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint, you have the same rights as you would at any other kind of normal traffic stop. The officer will ask you for your license and registration, during which time he will be observing you for signs of impairment. If the officer has reasonable suspicion that you are driving while impaired, the officer may subject you to physical or chemical testing to determine if you are over the legal limit. In Florida, if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% or above, the law considers you legally intoxicated and you can be charged with a DUI. If you are under the age of 21 and your BAC is .02% or above, you can be charged with a DUI.

The Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A. want to remind you to know your rights as a motorist during a sobriety checkpoint. You do not have to provide any identifying information besides your license and registration. Also, you have the right to remain silent and you should exercise this right, until you have a Miami criminal lawyer present. Also, you should not plead guilty to a DUI charge without first consulting with a Miami DUI lawyer.

If you are facing criminal charges for a DUI, a Miami DUI lawyer is your best defense against further repercussions. For legal representation for your DUI, contact the law offices of Yale Galanter at 305-576-0244 or 954-524-6600. Email the Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A. at or find out more about us and the areas of law we specialize in by searching through our site at


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