DUI task force stops: Police do not need "reasonable suspicion" stop a vehicle and conduct a DUI investigation.
"What you know about Phoenix DUI Task Force Stops may help you avoid a DUI and Phoenix DUI Conviction"
Phoenix AZ DUI Charges
If you were arrested at a Phoenix DUI for DUI, DWI or Drunk Driving charges, you should contact a Phoenix criminal defense or DUI attorney as soon as possible. Arizona DUI laws and penalties are some of the toughest in the country. DUI convictions can expose you to jail time, and other harsh punishments. Most experienced Phoenix DUI Lawyers provide a free consultation for those who face Phoenix DUI or Criminal Charges. In the least you should contact them to discuss your charges and defense options.
DUI arrest at a Phoenix DUI Task Force
Phoenix DUI Sobriety Checkpoints, (also called DUI Safety checks or DUI roadblocks) are set up at specified locations, decided by City/County officials and law enforcement agencies. Usually they take place during holidays or weekends when traffic volumes are expected. Arizona is one of a majority of states in the Country who conducts these DUI Sobriety Checkpoints. Arizona adapted from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines to use in accordance with city and state laws.
Difference between DUI Task Force Stops and Phoenix DUI Stops
The main difference between a DUI stop and a DUI Task Force stop are the obvious events that lead to the DUI stop. In a DUI task force or roadblock situation, Police do not need "reasonable suspicion" that someone is driving drunk or DUI, in order to stop the vehicle to investigate further.
DUI Task Forces set up road blocks in specified location decided in advance and organized by Phoenix City Officials and Law Enforcement Agencies. The primary purpose of them is to seek out and arrests persons driving drunk, or driving impaired due to alcohol or drugs. The vehicles the police will stop at a DUI Road Block are decided in advance by city, or county officials in conjunction with DPS and law enforcement agencies in that area.
According to the NHTSA guidelines, adapted by Arizona, the determination must be made by means of a mathematical formula of sorts. For example, will stop every first, second, third, or every other vehicle passing through the DUI roadblock. Police need no other reason to make the pre-determined DUI stop in that event.
In a situation where the police pull a driver's vehicle over while they are driving due to suspicion of DUI, DWI, or Drunk Driving, the police must have "reasonable suspicion" that a crime is in progress or other violation of the law has occurred. The US Supreme Court held that an officer must have "reasonable suspicion" that a criminal offense or traffic infraction has occurred in order to stop and detain a driver for investigation.
With regard to penalties, there is no difference between a conviction resulting from a DUI Task Force arrest and an arrest made from a DUI stop.
Phoenix DUI Defense Lawyer
By law you are innocent until proven guilty, and have the right to defend your charges, no matter what the circumstances led to the DUI stop. But without legal representation by an experienced Phoenix DUI lawyer, there is little chance your DUI will be dismissed. A good criminal defense attorney will make sure you are treated fairly, defend your rights and build a solid defense on your behalf.
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