DUI Checkpoints in Las Vegas
If you or any acquaintance of yours in southern Nevada—Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, or Mesquite—gets in trouble at a Nevada DUI checkpoint, I urge you to reach out for legal assistance now. Navigating the DUI process can be complex and you need to ensure you make the best decision for your future. A conviction can follow you and affect your life for years.
You need the help of Douglas Crawford Law. I have over 30 years’ experience in DUI law and will help you through the entire process.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department often sets up sobriety checkpoints around Las Vegas on major holidays, including but not limited to: New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and during the Christmas holiday season. They may also set up DUI roadblocks after sporting events or concerts.
DUI checkpoints are set up in areas where you might least expect them, which is the point: to catch impaired drivers by surprise. Sometimes Metro announces DUI checkpoints in advance, and often reuses the same spots, like the McCarran Airport tunnel, Blue Diamond Road, Paradise Road, or Decatur Boulevard. But Metro can also set up a roadblock on any thoroughfare that meets legal checkpoint requirements, as per NRS 484B.570.
You must stop at the roadblock. If you don’t, per NRS 484B.580, you will be charged with a gross misdemeanor, category B, which may result in a fine as well as potentially six years in a state correctional facility. You may also face additional penalties and jail time depending upon the nature of your infraction.
Especially in the time of COVID-19, checkpoints can be stressful even if you are not under the influence. You can request that any officer approaching your vehicle wear a mask. You do not have to answer any of the officer’s questions. By law, you must present license, proof of insurance, and a vehicle registration. You also have the right under the United States Constitution not to self-incriminate, our Fifth Amendment. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and stopped at a roadblock, the less you say the better.
If you are taken into custody, you should reach out to me immediately. I am well versed in DUI law. I can possibly get the charges reduced or eliminated by checking into the legality of the roadblock, seeing if the police went beyond their legal authority in their questioning, and looking into many other legal options you may not be aware of.
A DUI can follow you through your personal and professional life and potentially make travel and career difficult in your future. You should do the best you can for yourself and perhaps your family to make your life as smooth as possible. Obviously not driving under the influence is the best option, especially in the era of Uber and Lyft, but if you have gotten in trouble at a Metro roadblock, make the best call you can and hire an experienced Las Vegas DUI Defense attorney. Don’t do this by yourself!
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