30Sep 2019

Is A DUI Checkpoint Entrapment?

This is a question that is often asked and it is a good question. When police
officers set up a DUI checkpoint they are indeed looking for 
intoxicated drivers. One could argue that they are setting you up and 
are "entrapping" you into committing the crime of DUI.

The fact is, DUI checkpoints are not entrapment and the reason for them 
not being so is very clear. Entrapment involves "the conception and 
planning of an offense by an officer..." So, in reality, the officers at 
a checkpoint are not conceiving of a crime or planning for a specific 
individual to commit a crime. They are checking the ability of people 
driving on a public way to legally operate a vehicle.

Never operate a vehicle under the influence of any substance and always 
respect checkpoints if you come across one. If you live in Burlington, 
Essex, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne or anywhere in the 
State of Vermont, and have been arrested or charged with DUI or any 
crime, call Handy Law for aggressive and experienced legal defense.