What do you need to know about Colorado drug checkpoints?

While drunk driving checkpoints are a fairly common police tactic, and courts have ruled they are generally legal (within certain limits), drug checkpoints are different. Strictly speaking, police can’t set up drug checkpoints like they can to check for drunk drivers, as the Supreme Court has ruled that blanket drug checkpoints are unconstitutional.

Police will often use a tactic known as a “ruse checkpoint,” where they post signs saying there’s a checkpoint ahead, then look to see if a driver swerves, makes an illegal U-turn, or does something else suspicious that may indicate they’re carrying drugs. If you’re stopped at a drug checkpoint, don’t say anything and call a lawyer right away.