MNPD Media Release – Nashville DUI Checkpoint on Friday, August 17, 2012

Officers from the police department’s DUI Unit will be joined by troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol in staffing a sobriety checkpoint Friday night, August 17, into the early morning hours of Saturday, August 18, on West End Avenue east of I-440. So far this year, 22% of all fatal crashes in Nashville (9 of 41) have involved impaired drivers.  Blood alcohol test results are pending in more recent traffic fatality cases. … [Read more...]

Nashville DUI Lawyers Explain the Constitutionality of DUI Checkpoints

Even to non-lawyers, DUI checkpoints appear to be a blatant violation of our 4th Amendment rights. It is a stop without probable cause, so why is it permitted? How is it not a violation of our constitutional rights? The reality is that it IS a violation of the 4th Amendment, but some violations are permitted under the appropriate circumstances. Here’s why… The facts surrounding the case that answered this question began in the mid 1980’s in Michigan. The State police set up a check-point. Citizens filed suit (Michigan v. Sitz) seeking an order precluding the state police from using DUI … [Read more...]

Nashville DUI Lawyers Explain: DUI Checkpoints on New Years Eve

New Years Eve is undoubtedly is the busiest time of the year for Nashville DUI officers and the month of January becomes the busiest month for DUI lawyers in Nashville. Check points will be set up throughout the city of Nashville, beginning around 6 pm and ending around 4 am Saturday morning. In Franklin,'Operation DUI Blitz' will be in effect with additional officers patrolling and at least one known DUI checkpoint in Franklin between Cool Springs Blvd and Baker's Bridge along Carothers. Inevitably, many will choose to drink too much and then get behind the wheel. If you find yourself … [Read more...]

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