Did This Lawyer Invent A Way to Get Out of a DUI?
Warren Redlich is a Florida based criminal defense attorney based who published a book called “Fair DUI” and launched a web site of the same name (fairdui.org) is now taking on DUI checkpoints in 10 different states, including New York.
He says that when drivers approach a DUI checkpoint, they are not required to roll down their windows and talk to police. He says by doing so, drivers open themselves up to problems.
Redlich is getting a lot of attention after a video he posted on New Year’s Day received 2.3 million views. He’s not the first person to call these checkpoints unlawful, but he seems to be the loudest.
Redlich insists that an ordinary person has trouble asserting his or her right to remain silent without actually speaking. To fix this problem, Redlich has created downloadable signs that can be printed out and put in the car. The signs are even customized for 10 states…
- New York
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
Redlich says the purpose of the sign is to keep drivers from voluntarily rolling down his or her window. Because, he says, if a driver voluntarily rolls down his or her window and voluntarily speaks, then the police officer hasn’t done anything wrong, and it makes it harder for a defense attorney to defend someone.
Redlich’s web site very clearly states that his signs are not for drunk people.
And, Redlich said, “This is not about helping drunks. This is about helping innocent people. If some drunk person along the way gets help because of this, I’m perfectly okay with that. I’m a criminal defense attorney.”
He says his system wouldn’t work for drunks anyway because the signs require people to remain patient, silent and follow directions, and those are things impaired drivers have a hard time doing.
According to News10, Redlich said he’s getting positive feedback from people all over the country. “I had a call this morning from a retired police office. He did check points and always thought they were wrong.”
Rumor has is Redlich is just using this as a marketing effort for his book and his practice.
The overall idea behind these cards is that Redlich doesn’t think the driver should be put in a position to determine on the spot what is legal and what isn’t. Which makes sense, but, will criminals be allowed to get away with drunk driving because of them?
What do you think? Would you print off one of these cards for your car? Do you think DWI checkpoints are unlawful?