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Holiday DUI Crackdown: Know Your Rights

DID YOU KNOW: The police are in force during the holidays, searching for intoxicated drivers. The courts have even allowed stopping everyone at DUI checkpoints. You should cooperate with lawful orders from law enforcement. You are required to provide your license, registration, and proof of service. You should confirm that the address on these documents is accurate or provide a new address.

Then the police will move to incriminating questions and the desire to search your car and person. The 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments to the American Constitution entitle you to certain rights under United States Law, which also limits state police. The 4th Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. The 5th Amendment protects from being compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself. The 6th Amendment provides you with the right to assistance of counsel in all criminal prosecutions. When the police are investigating you, you can invoke these amendments in your defense.

The 3 Magic Phrases used to invoke these rights include: “I object to being searched,” “I invoke the right to remain silent,” and “I don’t want to be questioned without an attorney present.If you've been arrested for or charged with a DUI, call our office today.

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