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DUI Checkpoints Put a Skilled and Trial-Proven Attorney in Your Corner

DUI Checkpoints in Florida

Have You Been Arrested at a Checkpoint? Call Our Miami DUI Attorney.

Sobriety checkpoints are temporary locations established by law enforcement to identify drivers displaying even the slightest sign of intoxication and impairment. The checkpoints, or roadblocks, are heavily staffed with police officers who randomly stop vehicles and conduct warrantless searches.

DUI checkpoints were initially designed to increase roadway safety by catching intoxicated drivers and removing them from the road. However, they have gradually evolved into a witch hunt of sorts by essentially harassing nearly every driver attempting to pass through.

If you have been arrested at a DUI checkpoint in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, you are at risk of losing your driver's license and possibly your freedom. The sooner you retain an experienced Miami DUI defense attorney, the better. Attorney Evan Hoffman of The Hoffman Firm has experience representing clients arrested at DUI checkpoints and DUI roadblocks.

Give us a call at (305) 928-1669 today if you are in Miami. Call us at 954-737-3004 if you are in Broward County.

What to Expect at a Miami Sobriety Checkpoint

Upon approaching a DUI checkpoint, there will usually be cones, vibrant lights from police vehicles, signs, and law enforcement officers ushering in cars through the checkpoint.

During the sobriety stop, an officer will approach the car, instruct the driver to roll down the window, and ask to see a valid driver's license and his or her proof of insurance. Upon viewing the requested documents, the law enforcement officer will casually question the driver and make observations to acquire incriminating evidence.

During this forced interaction with the driver, the law enforcement officer will be looking for signs of impairment that give enough probable cause to make a lawful DUI arrest.

Signs of impairment may include:

  • Bloodshot or glazed eyes
  • The smell of alcohol on the driver's breath
  • Slowed or slurred speech

If the officer believes the driver has shown signs of intoxication, he or she will ask the driver to step outside of their vehicle, conduct an HGN (horizontal gaze nystagmus) test, and perform an FST (field sobriety test) to help prove the driver's impairment.

What Happens If I Fail the Field Sobriety Tests?

In the event a driver fails the FSTs, the testing officer will further detain the driver for suspicion of DUI.

Once the driver is detained, a chemical test will be performed as authorized by Florida Statute 316.1932. Typically, the chemical testing involves the driver supplying a breath sample, which is analyzed by the Intoxilyzer 8000. It has become the norm for these devices to be readily available inside a mobile breath alcohol testing vehicle, or “BAT Mobile.”

If the driver's BAC is found to be 0.08 or above, the driver will be held at the checkpoint with other detainees until they are transferred to a jail for processing. The driver's vehicle will then be impounded.

Call Our Miami DUI Roadblock Defense Attorney

If you were arrested at a DUI roadblock or checkpoint, the arrest may have been illegal if the officer infringed on your constitutional rights. DUI convictions are not only costly, they could negatively affect your life by resulting in a permanent conviction on your record. A DUI conviction could also result in your driver's license being suspended.

At The Hoffman Firm, we are prepared to craft an airtight defense on your behalf to protect your rights, your freedom, and your driving privileges.

Let us help you work toward returning to your life. Schedule a free consultation by calling (305) 928-1669 for Miami consultation. Call 954-737-3004 if you are in Broward County.

Why Should You Choose The Hoffman Firm?

Here Are Six Reasons
  • Client-Focused Representation

    Our Firm is dedicated to client satisfaction. We are available 24/7 to help those in need.

  • Decades of Experience

    Attorney Evan Hoffman has over two decades of experience fighting for the accused.

  • Premier Criminal Defense Firm

    Experienced Attorney Evan Hoffman has handled some of the most high profile and complex cases.

  • Proven Track Record

    Client satisfaction is our top priority. At The Hoffman Firm we take great pride in our success and case victories.

  • Florida Former State Prosecutor

    Attorney Evan Hoffman has extensive knowledge of the strategies used by prosecutors throughout Florida.

  • Free Initial Consultation

    We offer free initial consultations to ensure that we have your best interests in mind.

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Read What Past Clients Had to Say
  • “As busy as he is, I was always able to get a hold of him. He provided me his personal cell phone and I was always able to text him if I had any questions.”

    - John
  • “Evan was able to get all my charges dismissed and now 6 months after the worst mistake of my life (getting arrested), Evan was able to give me my life back.”

    - Stacy
  • “I cannot say enough great things about Evan and his staff. He helped me and he will help you too. Call Evan if you are ever in legal trouble.”

    - Armando
  • “I know that I am grateful for all of Evan's hard work and can without a doubt recommend him to my friends, family and all of those out there on the world wide web.”

    - Joshua
  • “If anyone is ever arrested or even under investigation, I can assure you the only person you need to call is EVAN!”

    - John
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  • Not Guilty Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

    Mr. Hoffman went to a jury trial and after less than 20 minutes of deliberation, the client was found Not Guilty.

  • Not Guilty Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

    After conducting discovery and taking depositions, we went to a jury trial and after 20 minutes, the jury returned a not guilty verdict.

  • Not Guilty Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

    Mr. Hoffman successfully convinced a jury that his client was Not Guilty. The jury deliberated for less than 10 minutes before pronouncing the client Not Guilty.

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