It's a weekend night in Huntsville, which means there is likely to be a roadblock set up by Huntsville's finest. This past year Huntsville led the state with 989 DUI arrests, that's over twice the DUI arrests of any other municipality in the state. The city of Auburn came in a distant second with 473 DUI arrests followed by Mobile (453), Decatur (421), and Birmingham (327). The Huntsville officers responsible for many of these arrests are a part of a special unit called the Driving under the influence unit, and its not the first year that Huntsville has had such high numbers. They have had the most DUI arrests in the state for the past 15years running.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that DUI checkpoints or suspicionless stops are a slight intrusion weighed against the state's interest in guarding the roads and highways against the hazards of drivers driving under the influence. However, the court has required specific guidelines that along with the National Highway Safety Transportation Authority require checkpoints to be safe, visible, less intrusive, and more effective as a deterrent. So, Huntsville, along with many other municipalities, announce possible checkpoints ahead of time that are chosen based on previous accidents and other safety concerns. Although someone has been arrested for DUI, that individual still has rights. They are entitled to a strong defense and a fair trial. If you or someone you know has been arrested they would be wise to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can investigate a case to be sure authorities acted appropriately during an arrest. An attorney can also negotiate with prosecutors while vigorously defending an individual against the charges. If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI contact an experienced DUI Attorney.
Source: The Huntsville Times, "Huntsville No.1 in DUI Arrests for 15th Straight Year.," Chris Welch, May 30, 2012.