DUI Checkpoints and Saturation patrols in Orange County now until Labor Day
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced today that a “full force” DUI task force will be underway from now, September 21, 2015 through Labor Day (September 7, 2015). There will be a DUI checkpoint tonight, but the location has not yet been disclosed. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will also be deploying all available officers for a full saturation patrol.
They are calling this a “zero tolerance” operation and are labeling it “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
What to do if you get pulled over for DUI
You have rights, both during a DUI checkpoint or if you’re pulled over for any reason. I’ve written a detailed article featured on the Forbes website that you can read here: What to do if you get pulled over for Drunk Driving in California
Should you be pulled over, you have the right to remain silent, even though they don’t read you your Miranda rights. Questions about drinking can only hurt you. Politely but firmly decline to answer their questions. Same thing for the field sobriety tests – it is not mandatory that you comply with their request for you to perform these maneuvers. The field breathalyzer (also known as the Preliminary Alcohol Screening or PAS device) is also optional unless you’re under 21 or currently on probation for DUI.
If you are arrested for DUI
You only have 10 days to request a hearing with the DMV or they will automatically suspend your license. To preserve your right to drive and to begin fighting your case, give me a call so we can discuss what happened and contact the DMV within that 10 days.
Be safe and remember your rights.