My brother and his wife were in town visiting for a wedding. The wedding was in Boston and they were staying on the South Shore with my mom and step-dad. On the way home from the wedding, they were stopped at a roadblock. There seem to be more and more roadblocks lately. As a defense attorney who defends many OUI cases in Massachusetts courts, I have had a marked increase in clients who have been stopped at roadblocks.
Luckily for my brother, he hadn’t really had much to drink and the Trooper just had a quick conversation with him and sent him on his way.
Very soon after, there was an article in the Boston Globe stating that there has been a 70% increase in drunk driving arrests in the past two years. Guess why? Because there has been a increase in roadblocks. Police are getting better at running roadblocks, and following procedures. The same rules apply for a roadblock that apply for any stop where you are suspected of drunk driving:
1. You have the right to refuse any and all field sobriety tests.
2. You have the right to refuse a Breathalyzer.
3. Be Polite.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you have the right to be represented by an attorney. For a consultation email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 866-981-7888.