If you are pulled over by police in Northern Mississippi or the Memphis metro area, there are certain steps, rules, and protocols that officers must follow.
These apply at DUI checkpoints as well.
Unfortunately, police officers do not always respect the constitutional rights of citizens when pulling someone over for a traffic stop. Sadly, some officers realize that the average person does not fully understand all of their rights, and take advantage of this lack of knowledge.
In some cases, however, if you are pulled over a DUI checkpoint, officers may abuse their authority even if you do show a knowledge and thorough understanding of your rights.
Earlier this year, one such driver was pulled over at a DUI checkpoint. After refusing to roll his window all they way down, he experienced an abuse of police power—and caught it all on tape.
The video went viral, including in the footage: yelling by the officer, drug-sniffing dogs, a search without consent, and an illegal request to see identification.
DUI checkpoints are smart tools for cracking down on drunk driving. However, when police officers abuse their authority—and disregard any respect for the U.S. Constitution—your rights may be severely violated, innocent or not.
This video demonstrates the importance of knowing your rights before getting behind the wheel. You cannot always count on law enforcement to ensure your rights are respected.
If you have questions about your rights at DUI checkpoints in Northern Mississippi or Memphis, Tennessee, or you have recently been charged with a DUI, contact an experienced DUI defense attorney right away to discuss your options.