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Caught on Tape: Officers at DUI Checkpoint Violate Constitutional Rights

Posted By David Hernandez || May 9, 2016


Brooklyn DUI Checkpoint | The Law Offices of David J. HernandezIn New York, DUI checkpoints are common sights. Even at the checkpoints, however, officers are still required to follow protocols that respect your rights as a U.S. citizen.

We would all like to believe police officers do all they can to ensure our rights, valued by us dearly, are not violated by the actions of law enforcement. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Police officers, at the end of the day, are people. People are not perfect, and do not always perform their duties to the best of their ability. Likewise, some officers do cut corners at times.

This is not okay, and is certainly not fair to you.

One such instance of officers violating rights occurred earlier this year at a DUI checkpoint. In this circumstance, however, the victim of unfair police treatment understood his rights as a citizen-despite the actions of the officers.

The best part of the stop? The driver caught the entire scene on tape.

The video from the DUI checkpoint has gone viral, with over four million views and counting. In the clip, police search the man’s vehicle (without his consent), damage his car with search dogs, and require him to reveal his age and show identification.

As an experienced DUI attorney in Brooklyn, New York, I’ve unfortunately come across cases where clients were subjected to police intimidation, their rights violated by careless law enforcements tactics.

If you have been charged with a DUI in New York after a stop a DUI checkpoint, contact an experienced DUI defense attorney today. If your constitutional rights have been violated, you deserve someone who will stand up for you-even if law enforcement didn’t.

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