DUI Checkpoint Update: The Tulsa Police Department has released a statement regarding a DUI checkpoint near the 1300 block of North MLK Jr. Blvd (just north of Downtown) on Saturday, January 23, 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
The news story on the Tulsa World Website is as follows:
Downtown DUI Checkpoint
“The Tulsa Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint north of downtown this weekend as part of its ongoing ENDUI program.
The checkpoint will be from 10 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of North MLK Jr. Boulevard, according to a news release.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office provides overtime funding for ENDUI, a program aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers, police said.”
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.
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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.