Ways to Minimize the Risk of a DUI This Summer

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It’s summer—time to get out the grill, throw some steaks on and have a few beers. But an arrest for drinking and driving can ruin your entire year. Here are some tips to help you avoid all the negative repercussions associated with a DUI.

 

Don’t Drink and Drive—Period

It’s the simplest, but also the hardest, advice to follow. Drink only at your own home or when you know that you won’t be behind the wheel. That way, you don’t have to worry about whether to have a second beer when you’re thirsty, or to have that high gravity microbrew your buddy has been talking about all week. If it’s simply not possible to abstain when you go to the cookout, don’t be afraid to call a cab to take you home. In the long run, it will be far cheaper than a DUI.

 

Have the Party at Your House!

This way, you can have your cake and eat it, too! The only caveat—be careful not to serve alcohol to anyone who appears visibly intoxicated, or to serve large quantities of alcohol to anyone. You might find yourself as a defendant in a dram shop/social host liability lawsuit if that person causes injury to another person.

 

Don’t Make Your Vehicle Stand Out!

The police have to have probable cause to pull you over, but that can be for something as simple as a burned-out tail light, or expired tags on your car. If the officer pulls you over for any legitimate reason, and smells alcohol on your breath, or reasonably suspects that you have been drinking, you can be subjected to a field sobriety test and a blood alcohol test. Make certain everything works properly and that your license and tags are current.

 

Contact the Law Office of Michael Curtis Greenberg

Don’t lose your license or go to jail. We will fight to protect your rights!
There’s no charge for your first consultation. We are available to meet with you evenings and weekends, if necessary, and can travel to your home or to detention to discuss your case. We accept all credit cards, as well as PayPal.

 

To schedule an appointment, contact us by e-mail or call our office at (800) 608-1350.

 

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North Penn Operates Sobriety Checkpoints

Sobriety Checkpoints Set Up in North Philadelphia

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Officials at the North Penn DUI Enforcement Team ran sobriety checkpoints in North Penn, Towamencin and Hatfield in mid-September, setting up roadblocks at strategic points in Montgomery County in an effort to get impaired drivers off the county’s streets. According to Hatfield police chief William J. Tierney, they also mobilized roving DUI patrols, focusing primarily on state roads 63, 113, 309 and 463. A spokesperson said the locations chosen were sites where unsafe driving and alcohol-related crashes have occurred in the past. Officials also said they checked for compliance with a number of other laws, including proper use of child restraint, proof of insurance, valid operator’s license and vehicle registration.

The Constitutionality of Sobriety Checkpoints

Though 12 states have found sobriety checkpoints to violate the provisions of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (banning illegal search and seizure), such operations are legal in Pennsylvania. Under the 4th Amendment, a law enforcement officer must have “probable cause” to make a traffic stop, so that police generally cannot randomly stop motorists to determine if they are violating the law. The U.S. Supreme Court, though, has carved out an exception to the requirement of probable cause for sobriety checkpoints, ruling that the risks inherent in drinking and driving outweigh the potential invasion of privacy afforded by the Constitution.

As a general rule, the states, such as Pennsylvania, that still allow sobriety checkpoints impose guidelines for law enforcement agencies to follow when setting up such operations. One of the most common is the requirement that police provide advance notice that checkpoints will be set up.

Contact the Law Office of Michael Curtis Greenberg

Don’t lose your license or go to jail. Let us fight to protect your rights!

There’s no charge for your first consultation. We are available to meet with you evenings and weekends, if necessary, and can travel to your home or to detention to discuss your case. We accept all credit cards, as well as PayPal.

To schedule an appointment, contact us by e-mail or call our office at (800) 608-1350.

Named One of the Top 100 New Jersey Criminal Trial Lawyers in 2015 by The American Society of Legal Advocates