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October DWI Checkpoint Nets 53 Charges in North Carolina

A late October DWI checkpoint in Reidsville led to 53 criminal charges such as DWI, operating without a license and open container. The DWI checkpoint was held on October 22 into October 23 at Barnes Street, Highway 87, Holiday Loop and Freeway Drive, according to the Reidsville Police Department.

The goal of the checkpoint was to enforce North Carolina DWI laws. Drivers are prohibited from driving with a BAC above .08. Several law enforcement agencies participated in the four hour checkpoint including Rockingham County Sheriff's Department, Madison Police Department and North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Reidsville Police Department reported that of the vehicles stopped, three people were charged with DWI, 14 for driving without a license, seven for driving with a revoked license, four with open container in the vehicle and six for drug possession or paraphernalia possession.

While DWI checkpoints are legal in North Carolina, drivers who are charged with a crime during a checkpoint should consider contacting a skilled criminal defense lawyer to evaluate the procedures surrounding the stop.

Source: DigTriad "Reidsville Checkpoint Resulted in 53 Criminal Charges," Teresa Ostuni, 10/23/2011

2 Comments

Drivers that did not have anything to drink (BAC of 0.08 >) should not have submitted themselves to the DWI trap. Here's how the conversation should have occurred between the law enforcement officer and you...

- You drive up to the checkpoint
- Law: "May I see your drivers Licence and registration"
- You: I have had nothing to drink today. (purpose of Checkpoint)
- Law: What should happen is >>> Thank you sir have a good day...
- If the law request ID you can reply with...
- You: Is there probable cause and if so what is it?
- Law: We are checking for DWI.
- You: I don't drink alcohol, sir, I'm I being detain officer?
- Law: No, may I see your drivers License?
- You: If I am not being detain, am I free to go?
- Law: No, you are not being detain
Yes you are being detain.
- You: You do not have probable cause that I've been drinking so what is the probable cause / reason why you are detaining me? I'm I free to go?
- Law: I need to see your ID.
- You: Without probable cause no you do not have to see my ID.

Don't show your ID, give them your name.... but nothing else.

Drivers that did not have anything to drink (BAC of 0.08 >) should not have submitted themselves to the DWI trap. Here's how the conversation should have occurred between the law enforcement officer and you...

- You drive up to the checkpoint
- Law: "May I see your drivers Licence and registration"
- You: I have had nothing to drink today. (purpose of Checkpoint)
- Law: What should happen is >>> Thank you sir have a good day...
- If the law request ID you can reply with...
- You: Is there probable cause and if so what is it?
- Law: We are checking for DWI.
- You: I don't drink alcohol, sir, I'm I being detain officer?
- Law: No, may I see your drivers License?
- You: If I am not being detain, am I free to go?
- Law: No, you are not being detain
Yes you are being detain.
- You: You do not have probable cause that I've been drinking so what is the probable cause / reason why you are detaining me? I'm I free to go?
- Law: I need to see your ID.
- You: Without probable cause no you do not have to see my ID.

Don't show your ID, give them your name.... but nothing else.

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