Canada high court says no right to counsel at sobriety checkpoints

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [opinion] Thursday that police at roadside DUI checkpoints do not have to inform suspects of their right to legal counsel before asking them whether or not they had been drinking or requesting them to perform sobriety tests. In accordance with Canadian criminal procedure, the court ordered new trials for two men who had been acquitted for driving under the influence after their lawyers argued that they must be informed of their right to legal counsel under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. CBC News has more.



 

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