If you were arrested in Friday night’s DUI checkpoint in Brandon, Florida, give us a call to discuss your case. Many states have banned the use of checkpoints under their state constitution.
In Florida, the use of DUI checkpoints are highly regulated by the courts. As a result, the checkpoints are highly ineffective at catching impaired drivers. The checkpoints require dozens of officer and hours of set up and planning.
Even if a few arrests are made, the DUI checkpoint is a nightmare for judges and prosecutors because any mistake made during the checkpoint means that all of the arrests can be challenged as unconstitutional.
Possible challenges can result if the operational plan is not complete, officers in the field deviate from the plan, and details about the checkpoint are not announced in advance.
On June 19, 2014, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released press release number OP3D14-080.
The press release announced that the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office would conduct a DUI roadblock (called the Operation 3D Comprehensive Roadside Safety Checkpoint) on Friday, July 20, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. until midnight.
The press release indicates that at the checkpoint, deputies with HCSO will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
The law requires that in order for the DUI checkpoint to be reasonable under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, certain details about the checkpoint must be announced to the public in advance.
The press release for the Operation 3D Comprehensive Roadside Safety Checkpoint does not give the location of the checkpoint.
Instead, it list four possible locations in Hillsborough County:
- 5353 Gunn Highway;
- 257 Brandon Boulevard W;
- 5408 State Road 674; or
- 4537 Lowell Road.
|Friday, Jun 20, 2014||Checkpoint||2200 hrs. to 0400 hrs.||District I & II||B.A.T. And Transportation Provided Location T.B.A.|
It looks like HCSO actually conducted the DUI checkpoint at the 257 West Brandon Boulevard, Brandon, FL 33511 on the east end of State Road 60 and it ran past midnight.
If you were stopped in the checkpoint, let us know what you saw. Did Tampa Cop Watch get video?
Learn more about Jason Sammis’ favorite DUI checkpoint in Pasco County a few years ago: