In an overnight DUI checkpoint at 40th and Main, Kansas City Police arrested 15 people for DUI violations. These arrests add to the 12 made in late May on 152 Highway and N. Green Hills Road at a previous DUI checkpoint. According to the KCPD, they stopped 756 vehicles during the five-hour checkpoint. During both checkpoints officers gave other citations such as hazardous moving violations and seat belt violations.
Officers at checkpoints usually assess if someone has been driving while intoxicated by a series of field sobriety tests or a breath or blood test. Some of the field tests require an individual to walk, or balance for a period of time. For the individuals who received a DUI citation, consequences of violating Missouri State law may include fines, jail time, driver's license restrictions, and attending a rehabilitation program. For first time violators a DUI is categorized as a misdemeanor but for repeat offenders it can turn into a felony.
A night on the town can take a drastic turn of events if you go through a checkpoint and had been drinking earlier. It is important to follow traffic laws but not all of us think of that when we are meeting friends or associates for a couple of casual drinks. Since 1993, the Law Offices of Charles Green has been serving the Kansas City metropolitan area and understand how significantly a DUI conviction can change one's life.
They have seen many cases where simple oversight turns into a felony and stress the importance of hiring a lawyer for DUI cases. They can potentially show you other options or ways to reduce a sentence. The KCPD are adamant in their enforcement of traffic laws and DUI regulation is currently a priority. If you are facing a DUI violation, contact a Kansas City DUI lawyer from their firm or complete their DUI case evaluation form.