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Laguna Beach DUI Checkpoints Scheduled this Weekend

By Randy Collins  Jul. 17, 2013 10:03a

According to, the Laguna Beach Police Department has scheduled DUI checkpoints throughout the city for this upcoming weekend. The sobriety checkpoints will be conducted on July 20th between 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. in hopes of identifying drug and alcohol impaired drivers in areas with a history of drunk driving collisions and arrests.

Orange County DUI checkpoints have become very common. Police departments throughout Orange county recently utilized DUI checkpoints to arrest 78 people for suspicion of driving while under the influence over the fourth of July weekend. Many of those arrested as the result of a sobriety checkpoint are not always convicted and may be able to obtain a case dismissal, reduced charges, or a plea bargain depending upon the circumstances of their case.

Laws Governing Laguna Beach Sobriety Checkpoints

Just like everyone else, police have laws that govern the way in which they fulfill their duties. DUI checkpoints have rules detailing the way in which they need to be operated in order for the evidence gathered during their operation to be considered valid evidence in a court of law. If officers fail to adhere to these rules, those charged and arrested at a DUI checkpoint may have an opportunity to have their case dismissed.

Those facing charges resulting from a DUI checkpoint in California are encouraged to evaluate whether or not the following occurred:

  1. Was there adequate warning of an upcoming DUI checkpoint?
  2. Was there a supervising officer on duty?
  3. Was there any way to avoid the DUI checkpoint?

If the answer to any of those questions was no, you may have a valid defense to avoid conviction for a DUI. Contacting an experienced DUI attorney for a free legal case evaluation will help you determine whether or not your DUI checkpoint was unlawfully operated.

Legal Assistance for DUI in Laguna Beach

If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI in Laguna Beach, we can help. Call 949-250-6097 to obtain a free confidential case evaluation with an experienced MacGregor & Collins, LLP attorney. Randy Collins, firm partner, was a former prosecutor. His experience can help you and your loved ones obtain the information that will help you to make the most informed decision moving forward.


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