Lower Merion Township, in coordination with the Pennsylvania State Police, ran a DUI Sobriety Checkpoints on Friday, June 20, 2012, on Belmont Avenue in Montgomery County just off of the I-76 ramp.  This is a favorite location for the police to set up checkpoints and arrests for DUI were made.

Some Quick facts about the rights of those arrested for suspicion at this checkpoint:

  1. Preliminary Hearings for those charged will be held at either the Bala Cynwyd District Court or the Narberth District Court.  These are both located within close proximity to each other.  Some defendants have received their police reports and some will be receiving them in the mail shortly.
  2.  Those arrested and charged should contact a lawyer immediately so they may inquire as to their rights and obligations regarding their arrest.  Concerns that should be addressed are:
    1. Is this a first or subsequent DUI offense?
    2. Is the defendant eligible for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)?
    3. Is the reading of the breath test or blood test accurate?
    4. Was the car lawfully pulled over at the checkpoint?

These are just some of the issues that someone arrested on the 20th should speak with an attorney about.

Any questions regarding an arrest that occurred at the sobriety checkpoint on July 20, 2012 in Lower Merion Township can be directed to Montgomery County DUI Lawyer, Basil D. Beck III at 610-239-8870 with offices in Norristown and Narberth, PA.   Over 20 years experience.

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