The Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced that they will be conducting “roving” DUI patrols within the following cities this Labor Day weekend:
- Mission Viejo
- Lake Forest
- Rancho Santa Margarita
- Laguna Woods
- Laguna Hills
- Aliso Viejo
- Laguna Niguel
- San Juan Capistrano
- Dana Point
- San Clemente
Essentially, what they’re saying is that they will have extra officers out on the streets all weekend with one goal in mind: arresting people suspected of DUI.
I’ve said it many times before and it’s important to keep it in mind as you’re out and about this holiday weekend – just because they issue a press release and say they’re on a “roving patrol” DUI detail, they still have to abide by the law. They cannot pull you over on just a hunch. They must be able to justify your initial traffic stop with “reasonable suspicion” of some sort of criminal activity.
From there, if you are pulled over, you are required to provide your name and the normal documents for a traffic stop (driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance). It’s always a good idea to have those handy in an easily accessible location in your car so you don’t have to fumble for them when asked. Aside from identifying yourself, you do not have to answer any questions that would incriminate you. Although they’re not required to read you your rights during their investigation, you don’t have to help them gather evidence against you by answering the standard “Have you been drinking?” question.
See the following articles for more information about DUI charges:
- When is 0.08% not really 0.08%?
- Field sobriety tests are not mandatory!
- Save your license – you must request the DMV hearing within 10 days