Florida-Georgia Police Prepping For Weekend Checkpoints

Florida-Georgia is the classic example of a good time at a football game. Unfortunately, Jacksonville DUI cases are sure to follow this packed game. One facing a DUI case should have an experienced Jacksonville Criminal defense lawyer to represent, defend, and ensure their rights are protected.

The Georgia State Patrol and the Florida Highway Patrol are once again teaming up to remind game-day fans to make sure they have a sober driver when UGA plays the Florida Gators in Jacksonville on Oct. 27. Their message can be seen on social media sites, as well on television during the game. The Georgia-Florida police have suggested that if one is going to drink, to use a designated sober driver. The police will not hesitate to pull over someone who appears to be impaired.

Sobriety checkpoints in Jacksonville involve law enforcement officials stopping every vehicle or every other vehicle on majorly traveled highways or other public roadways and investigating the possibility that the driver might be too intoxicated to drive. The police often set up these checkpoints late at night or in the very early morning hours and on weekends, at which time the number of impaired drivers tends to be the most. Checkpoints are also often set near the exit points of public locations where alcohol is consumed, to prevent large numbers of drunk drivers from being released into traffic simultaneously from the location.

With a mobile breath test, the police can test the drivers quickly and process the cars one by one as in a conveyor belt. Upon suspicion, the stopped driver may be required to exit the vehicle and take a roadside sobriety test that requires the demonstration of both mental and balance skills.

These tests and exercises are supposedly designed to test “divided attention”, a critical skill in operating a motor vehicle. However, there are many people who, for many different reasons, cannot perform these tests to the officer’s satisfaction, and pay the price with a DUI arrest.

Furthermore, to limit the intrusion to the public, Florida Courts have found that law enforcement must abide by written guidelines that limit the discretion of the officers in the field to prevent arbitrary enforcement. Where a DUI Roadblock plan allowed the supervising deputy discretion to “adjust” the written guidelines while conducting the checkpoint, the Court found that stops related to that plan were unconstitutional.

Nobody plans to get a DUI. Most people are just trying to get home. The best advice any lawyer can give is to not drive after you have consumed any alcohol. Find another way to get home or stay off the roads. One’s best advice is to never drive when one has consumed alcohol.

The only logical choice in this situation is to fight. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville DUI defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected. Do not allow a DUI charge to ruin a bright future, away from the troubles of the legal system.

The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Sources: Georgia, Florida partner for zero DUI tolerance on football rivalry weekend, Staff Reports, Times-Herald

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