DUI Checkpoint in the Brookside area: The Tulsa Police Department reported a DUI Checkpoint will be held on May 26, 2017 in the Brookside area from 10 pm until 3 am. The statement on the TPD website states the following:
“On Friday, May 26, 2017 the Tulsa Police Department Riverside Division, with assistance from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the Brookside area within the Riverside Division area of operation (south of E. 11th St. and west of S. Sheridan Rd.) in relation to upcoming Memorial Day holiday. This sobriety checkpoint is an effort to get intoxicated drivers off the road in order to reduce injuries and deaths as well as to raise awareness of the dangers caused by alcohol and drug-impaired driving.”
DUI Checkpoint in Brookside Area
DUI checkpoints function as a general purpose investigatory tactic whereby police can get a close look at passing drivers by detaining them briefly. A roadblock Tulsa DUI checkpoint is quick, but it gives police a chance to check tags and licenses, while also giving officers a quick whiff of the driver’s breath and a chance to view inside the vehicle for a moment. While this type of random stop may seem unconstitutional at first blush, both the United States Supreme Court and the Oklahoma courts have upheld the validity in certain circumstances.
We will keep you informed regarding any updates for the DUI Checkpoint that come to our attention.
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Any drunk driving or drug-related DUI charge is a serious matter, whatever the exact circumstances and wherever the arrest occurred. Please recognize that: a basic first-offense Oklahoma DUI conviction can bring a sentence of up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine plus hundreds in additional fees, driver’s license suspension and more. Additionally, “aggravating factors” such as a prior DUI conviction or the presence of a person under 18 in the vehicle significantly increase the potential for a lengthy jail sentence and other life-changing penalties. If you have questions regarding this, or any other criminal matter, contact our Tulsa DUI attorney for a consultation.