Roadblock/Sobriety Checkpoint Dismissed

A 19 year old client was travelling on Route 9 in Shrewsbury, at about midnight, when he encountered a State Police Roadblock (aka “Sobriety Checkpoint”). The police report indicated that the client had both an odor of alcohol and that he admitted to consuming alcohol that night. Our client was asked to step from his vehicle and perform field sobriety tests which the police said he failed. He was arrested for OUI and brought to the police station. After diligent discovery, we were able to discern that the State Police did not comply with the guidelines set up for a lawful roadblock. We outlined this in our motion and the Judge agreed with our argument and Dismissed the case against our client before trial.

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