A Florida attorney is fighting internal checkpoints by distributing controversial fliers online that informs drivers of their rights during traffic stops.
“It’s a method for innocent people to protect themselves from a bad DUI arrest,” Boca Raton attorney Warren Redlich says. “People are [being] charged with DUIs after consuming an alcohol amount under the legal limit because police say they can smell alcohol on their breath or because an accent or speech pattern is interpreted as slurred speech.”
The flier tells drivers stopped by police to keep their car windows rolled up and to display their license, registration, insurance, and the flier itself to police through the window.
“Do not speak at all. Not one word. Record everything with audio and, if possible, video. Keep your hands where the officer can see them,” the flier reads.
Local police have criticized Redlich’s method, pointing out that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of random DUI checkpoints.
The court ruled in 1990 that DUI checkpoints “don’t violate constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure.”
“They wouldn’t be allowed out of that checkpoint until they talk to us. We have a legitimate right to do it,” St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar said.
However, Redlich and his associates have uploaded videos of their method online showing that the practice works. The most popular one, uploaded last month, has garnered more than 2 million views.
In it, the police read the paperwork and allow the driver to leave unabashed.
Watch the raw footage:
Redlich’s website, fairdui.org, has fliers available for various states but doesn’t recommend anyone use them in places other than New York and Florida, where Redlich has practiced law, without talking to a lawyer first.