Texas and Sobriety Checkpoints

Texas leads the country as the state with the most fatalities due to drunk driving. So it might serve as a surprise that Texas is one of the few states that does not allow law enforcement to set up sobriety checkpoints. Why? The Lone Star State believes that sobriety checkpoints go against Texas’s constitution, and because of this unconstitutionality, they are not used by law enforcement in the state. Texas stands apart from the rest of America–39 states accept the legality of sobriety checkpoints and use them often to keep the number of drunk driving fatalities low. Though many drunk driving awareness groups have tried to change the law on sobriety checkpoints, they are not legal in Texas for the time being.

Other States that Do Not Allow Checkpoints

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

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Even though sobriety checkpoints are unconstitutional according to Texas, police can still pull you over for other traffic violations. If you are driving recklessly or suspiciously, and just so happen to have had a few drinks beforehand, you could get arrested for DUI or DWI. In the event that this happens, it is of utmost importance to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your case.

At Carroll Troberman, PLLC, we are compassionate with the legal expertise to negotiate your case so that you can get your life back on track. With Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense, you will not have to worry about a DUI or DWI charge tarnishing your record and threatening your future. We are experienced attorneys here to defend your rights. Blair Carroll is a highly esteemed DWI attorney, he is a member of the National College for DUI defense. In cases like this, experience matters.

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