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BEWARE: DUI Checkpoint Scheduled For Friday June 26, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida, On Archer Road

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Be aware that the Gainesville Police Department, in conjunction with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol, University of Florida Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a DUI checkpoint this Friday night, June 26, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida.  This check point will be located in the westbound lanes of the 3200 block of SW Archer Road and conducted between 9:00 pm this Friday night and 3:00 am the following morning, Saturday, June 27, 3015.

According to the Gainesville Police Department's Facebook status posting of June 24, 2015:

The Gainesville Police Department's Traffic Safety Team in conjunction with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, University of Florida Police Department, High Springs Police Department and City of Alachua’s Police Department will be conducting a roadside safety checkpoint on Friday, June 26th, 2015, at 3200 SW Archer Rd between 9:00 PM and 3:00 AM.  The checkpoint will only be conducted in the westbound lanes. Read GPD Facebook post here.

According to the GPD Facebook post, the checkpoint will serve "as an educational tool and reminder for those driving the roadways of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages."

For more information about how the Florida Highway Patrol claims they conduct checkpoints read the FHP policy manual about conducting "safety inspection checkpoints" here.

Motorists traveling through this checkpoint should expect delays, vehicle inspections and warrantless searches of their vehicles. You should anticipate that these law enforcement agencies may very well exercise their power beyond the limits of our constitution.  Freedom loving motorists might consider avoiding the 3200 block of SW Archer Road altogether this upcoming Friday night.  Be safe, be aware, don't get arrested.  If you act wisely, hopefully you will not need to hire a criminal defense attorney.

 

Michael Buchanan is a practicing criminal defense attorney in Gainesville, Florida, with more than 25 years experience defending people accused of criminal misconduct. He is a former president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Read detailed professional biography here.