Why checkpoint announcements have to be made public

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2019 | Drunk Driving |

Authorities in Ohio and throughout the country are allowed to conduct sobriety checkpoints. However, the Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that the checkpoints must be publicized ahead of time, and failing to do so would be a violation of a person’s Fourth Amendment rights. Authorities also say that the point of checkpoints is to educate drivers about the dangers of impaired driving. In 2018, there were 13,364 crashes in Ohio that were caused by drunk or impaired drivers.

Those crashes led to 402 deaths, which was roughly the same number of people killed in impaired driving crashes in the state in 2017. However, the number of accidents involving impaired drivers dropped by 8% in 2018 when compared to 2017. Checkpoints tend to be located where this type of activity tends to be the most prevalent. In 2018, drunk driving crashes were most likely to occur in Montgomery and Hamilton counties.

There are many penalties a person could face if he or she were charged with impaired driving. In some cases, drivers could face multiple charges for driving while impaired. This could be true if an individual causes property damage or bodily injury while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Those who refuse to take a chemical test could have their license suspended even if they are ultimately acquitted of OVI.

An attorney may be able to help a person obtain a favorable outcome in a case. For instance, legal counsel may negotiate a plea deal that reduces an OVI charge to reckless driving or some other lesser charge. Accepting a plea deal may allow an individual to keep driving or retain other rights. In some cases, it may be possible to suppress evidence, which might significantly weaken a case and lead to a charge being dismissed.