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Failure to stop a checkpoint leads to DUI charge

When California drivers come upon a DUI checkpoint, stopping is not optional. Drivers who refuse to stop at police DUI checkpoints will have to face the consequences. Unfortunately, the anxiety of being pulled over and receiving a DUI charge sometimes causes drivers' failure to stop, bringing about additional charges.

In July, a 51-year-old driver reportedly went through a checkpoint that was operated by the Desert Hot Springs police to check for driver's licenses and drunk drivers. When the driver allegedly failed to stop, officers initiated a chase that ended when the driver lost control and smashed into a concrete divider on the median. Officers alleged the driver tried to flee the scene, but he was soon apprehended. Following a struggle, the driver was taken into custody.

The man was charged with two misdemeanor counts for DUI and operating a vehicle with a suspended driver's license, and he received felony charges of resisting arrest and evading police. At a recent hearing, the driver entered a not guilty plea, and he is now free in lieu of $5,000 bail. Although the driver's alleged refusal to stop at the checkpoint may have jeopardized his chances, the burden of proof will be on the prosecutors.

When a California driver is arrested for drunk driving, it can be a frightening experience. During these arrests, it is not uncommon for officers to be extremely aggressive in an attempt to intimidate the driver, and people's rights are sometimes violated in the process. The most important thing for a driver facing a DUI charge to do is to retain the services of an experienced attorney who is familiar with the applicable state laws and will be able to recognize any wrongdoing on the part of authorities. A lawyer can help guide the accused person throughout the legal processes of defending a DUI charge.

Source: Palm Desert Ca. Patch, "Man Pleads Not Guilty to Fleeing From DUI Checkpoint", Alexander Nguyen, Sept. 18, 2015

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