There are a great number of approved tactics for the police to use to stop cars and check for a DUI. One tactic that is the most popular is referred to as a “DUI Checkpoint.” These checkpoints however are not actually to check for a DUI. Most frequently these stops are disguised as valid license checkpoints or looking for a escaped person. The most popular time for law enforcement to use these types of stops is over SPECIAL EVENTS such as the Chick Fil A Bowl Football game (UGA v. Cincinnati) that has come to town in Atlanta at the Mercedes Benz stadium. Maybe instead you were watching the Rosebowl football Game (Alabama v. Notre Dame) at either a bar or a friends house party. Keep in mind that these DUI interactions, or a DUI arrest, can happen from visiting a game day party at either a bar or a friends house. After our state has been in quarantine from COVID for so long, now is not the time to let your guard down or to not monitor your beverage intake at these events.
Almost all police use DUI checkpoints in some form. The scenario usually folds out as follows: as you are driving you see blue lights ahead. As you approach the lights, you see what looks like a parking lot with multiple drivers stopped and officers are directing traffic. Surprise, you have come upon a DUI Checkpoint. This “tool” allows the police to stop a vehicle for any “legal” reason and their investigation can lead to a DUI if they even think the driver has been drinking or using drugs.
These checkpoints, in this situation, may result in a arrest for a City of Atlanta DUI. It doesn't matter where you find yourself, these evaluations are thorough and the interaction can result in a Duluth DUI, Norcross DUI, Roswell DUI, Sandy Springs DUI, Johns Creek DUI, Alpharetta DUI, Milton DUI, Atlanta DUI, Gwinnett County DUI, Decatur DUI, Brookhaven DUI, Dunwoody DUI, and the list goes on. You can literally be anywhere and end up participating in these DUI Checkpoints. There is also a lot of participation across departments for these checkpoints. Especially in Atlanta, you may find the Atlanta Police participating with the Georgia State Patrol DUI taskforce (or “GSP nighthawks”). You may also find that the City of Alpharetta DUI Task force, or the Milton DUI Task Force or Roswell DUI Task Force, Sandy Springs DUI task force or a number of other police who will join a joint DUI stop together with GSP Nighthawks. Keep in mind that these “DUI Teams” can also work together or alone for these checkpoints. Some of these police forces also share the same jail. For instance, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton all take drivers charged with DUI to the Alpharetta Jail.
Georgia State Patrol has determined that with certain events, in particular sporting events, they see a increase in the arrests for DUI. Football is synonymous with tailgating, beer and celebrating. This day involves quite a bit of drinking and the parties that go along with it are usually occasions that everyone remembers. Some people however end up remembering more than just a good party. With everything that goes on, some either lose track or don't keep count of their alcohol intake. With police being aggressive, or more aggressive, for Driving Under the Influence arrests, it means that more people are finding themselves the subject of a late night rendezvous with the police. As a result of the Governor's office of Highway Safety teaming up with various organizations, including the HEAT and TEAM division of local counties, the cops are cracking down on impaired driving.
If you have been accused by the police of driving under the influence this weekend, especially after the SEC Game, or any other day, then you need help from a trained DUI attorney. Should YOU find that you either don't want to face the court alone or simply feel that you need help from a DUI attorney then give our office a call. There are facts to every case where defenses can be raised for anyone charged with driving under the influence. Each situation is different from the other and requires a evaluation of all the information in order to properly mount a defense and a effective negotiation with the prosecutor's office. Remember that every DUI case is different because not two sets of facts are the same. Application of the above case law to your situation would take examination of the facts surrounding your case and applying this case law properly to create a properly mounted defense for YOUR arrest.
Our office has 24 hour response lines and can answer your questions and help you. Give our team of DUI defense lawyers a call at 404-445-8494. We can help you mount a proper defense for your situation.