Video: Police Violate Rights at DWI Checkpoint

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DWI Checkpoint Rights Violation | DWI Attorney | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCMost of us would like to believe that police officers will respect our constitutional rights, now matter the circumstances.

Unfortunately, this is not the case—even at DWI checkpoints.

At DWI checkpoints in New Orleans and across Louisiana, officers are required to follow certain protocols to ensure your rights are not violated.

In some cases, officers fail to respect these rights. It is sadly believed by many officers that the average citizen is not fully aware of his or her rights, and this belief is exploited by intimidation and authority presence.

This past summer, such an incident occurred when a man was pulled over at a DWI checkpoint. Fortunately, the driver was well versed in his constitutional rights. The officers, however, failed to respect those rights—and were caught on tape.

The video from the DWI checkpoint has gone viral with over four million views, demonstrating to many the need to understand your rights as a driver and U.S. citizen during traffic stops.

At Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLC, we recognize the fact that officers do not always follow protocol, and you may become the victim of police authority abuse.

If you have been charged with a DWI or feel your rights have been violated at a DWI checkpoint in New Orleans, don’t simply allow the practice to continue while you suffer the effects. Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney today to ensure your rights are fully protected—even if law enforcement failed to do so.

This article’s photo comes courtesy of Flickr contributor, lungstruck

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By George Vourvoulias

George is a founding member and managing member of Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias L.L.C., a New Orleans law firm. George concentrates his practice in maritime personal injury, construction litigation, personal injury, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and DUI defense. George Vourvoulias's Google+ Profile