Sobriety checkpoints are a common sights along busy roads during the holidays or in times of celebrations such as graduations. These checkpoints typically result in numerous arrests, though the arrests — just like any other arrest — should be carefully scrutinized to make sure that all proper procedures were followed. Reports say that 22 people were recently arrested in Colorado at a sobriety checkpoint, most of them for driving while impaired or driving under the influence.
The checkpoint was set up in Fort Collins on a Friday night. It began at 10:55 p.m., and it ended at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Reportedly, 1,572 vehicles were stopped, and the officers questioned the drivers. The checkpoint was part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that the Colorado Department of Transportation sought to enforce this spring.
Out of the 22 arrested, 20 face charges of DUI or DWI. One person was arrested for minor in consumption, and another person was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The specifics of each individual’s questioning and subsequent arrest were not reported.
When Colorado police officers systematically stop 1,572 vehicles and question the drivers, it is likely that mistakes could have been made. If, for example, those charged with driving under the influence were not given field sobriety tests or a breath test, it may greatly affect their criminal case. Particularly in cases such as this, where numerous people are arrested in a short period of time and accused of criminal charges, it is crucial to carefully analyze the details of the arrest. It is possible that evidence could arise that may be favorable to the accused individuals as they prepare their criminal defenses.
Source: The Coloradoan, ” 22 arrested at Fort Collins DUI checkpoint”, , May 12, 2014