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ARE THE POLICE ALLOWED TO STOP YOU FOR NO REASON IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY RELATED TO A DUI CASE?
Law enforcement are not permitted to stop people in their cars unless they have probable cause to do so. In other words, they need a lawful reason to pull someone over or it will be considered an illegal stop. Examples of the most common reasons I have seen the police use to justify a pull over in DUI cases include, but are not limited to: Driving too fast, weaving, driving with improper tinted windows, driving with no lights on and what they characterize as reckless driving.
These are just a small sampling of the reasons police use to pull a person over for a DUI offense. As you can see from the list, there are many ways that police can justify a pull over. Having defended client for the past twenty five years related to DUI offenses I have had many circumstances that I knew the police had illegally pulled my client over, but the key issues is…how do you prove it? This is where experience, local knowledge and experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney comes in.
In some circumstances, the police are caught pulling someone over because they think they are guilty of a crime. For example, it is common for police to wait outside bars and clubs in the late hours of the night and pick off drivers one by one. If the only reason they are pulling people over is because they are coming from a bar, this would not be a valid reason and all the evidence they find (the breath test and the field sobriety tests for example) would all be thrown out and the person could not be prosecuted for a DUI offense. This is the great battle in these illegal pull over cases. The police know that a Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer is going to challenge them in court if they do not come up with a good reason to pull over a person. And, the DUI defense attorney knows the police will do and say anything to protect their arrest.
The United States Constitution protects all people in America and specifically Los Angeles from illegal searches and seizures of their property. Law enforcement officials are stopping people all over the country for all kinds of made up reasons. The crucial issue in these cases becomes how do you prove it? More and more experienced Los Angeles DUI attorneys are coming up with unique and innovative ways of doing this.
The use of video evidence has become a very effective weapon against illegal stops. Many of the cars police use are equipped with video and now in Los Angeles, many law enforcement officers are equipped with body cameras that can be used to prove a client was illegally pulled over. There are many laws in place that protect us from the police’s efforts to pull people over and arrest them for a DUI. Of course a savvy Los Angeles DUI lawyer is needed in order to have any chance of utilizing these laws to the defenses advantage. I meet with people every day and discuss the likelihood of prevailing on an illegal stop or search motion and make the decisions that shape my client’s future driving record, criminal record, reputation and freedom.
Arrested for DUI after an unlawful traffic stop by police? Have you been charged with driving under the influence? If so, our Los Angeles DUI lawyers want to help you protect your legal rights. Often times, DUI arrests result from unlawful police stops. Our DUI defense attorneys are here to protect and fight for your constitutional and legal rights.
A police officer must have probable cause to pull you over; meaning that he or she must have some reasonable suspicion of some sort of criminal activity taking place. To be stopped for driving under the influence the officer must have observed some type of behavior that would cause one to reasonably suspect that the driver was under the influence.
Swerving, speeding, driving recklessly or too slow, ignoring traffic laws, weaving in and out of lanes are some examples of behavior that would cause a police officer to reasonably believe that one is driving under the influence.
If an officer stops you without reasonable cause but rather just on a chance that you might be drinking, this may be a violation of your rights and will be considered an unlawful police stop.
As your Los Angeles DUI lawyer, if we demonstrate that the stop was unlawful, your case may be dismissed. So if you are being charged with a DUI and there is even a slight possibility that the police stop was unlawful, call the Hedding Law Firm as soon as possible and set up a free face to face consultation.