New Year’s Eve brings out the celebration, champagne, and the DUI checkpoints in California. If you want to avoid a DUI arrest, it will be best to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. However, even with the best-laid plans, and as we saw recently in California with the overly caffeinated driver being arrested for DUI, a very sober driver can be arrested for driving under the influence. [1,2] And as we have seen first hand at 1.800.NoCuffs, dolphins do get caught in the tuna net.
On the subject of DUI arrests, 1.800.NoCuffs Founding Attorney Darren Kavinoky says, “A DUI charge can potentially impact anyone who has taken anything that impacts them from the neck up, whether prescribed or not, legal or illegal.” Kavinoky adds, “The only question is whether the person who consumed the substance is able to drive with the caution characteristic of a sober person, under similar circumstances. An excessive amount of caffeine is a ridiculous example, but not shocking, especially if someone is hypersensitive to the impact of caffeine on their system.”
DUI Checkpoints New Years Eve 2017 in California
Current news articles about DUI checkpoints over the New Year’s Eve holiday (this article may be updated as news releases occur):
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California DUI Arrests
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Are DUI Checkpoints Legal?
While there are currently twelve states that do not conduct sobriety checkpoints because their state laws don’t allow for them, California does legally have the authority to conduct checkpoints with the goal of eradicating drunk driving. “The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that states had a compelling interest in eradicating drunk driving, and that public safety concerns outweighed any concerns about ‘intrusion’ into drivers’ privacy. The challengers in the case had claimed that these checkpoints were unreasonable searches under the 4th Amendment, but the Court found them reasonable under the circumstances.” 
1. Aparminder DEO and John Torres, M.D. December 29, 2016. wrcbtv.com. Retrieved via http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/34148057/4-things-to-know-about-caffeine-the-surprising-substance-behind-a-california-mans-dui.
2. Staff. Fox News.com. “California man to fight DUI charge after test results only show traces of caffeine.” Retrieved http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/26/california-man-to-fight-dui-charge-after-test-results-only-show-traces-caffeine.html.
3. Retrieved on December 2, 2016 via http://dui.findlaw.com/dui-arrests/dui-checkpoints.html.
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