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In Rhode Island, an officer must have reasonable cause to pull someone over, especially if he or she suspects the driver is driving under the influence. As a result, the decision to pull someone over is entirely subjected to the officer’s view of the scenario. It is important that you understand that, as an everyday citizen, you have rights under the law. If you believe that the officer did not have a valid reason for pulling you over, you can fight to disprove the evidence.
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Officers are trained to look for anything suspicious. Traffic officers, for example, focus on vehicles that are in the commission of a crime or have violated traffic laws. If an officer spots a vehicle swerving on the highway, for example, he or she will be more likely to pull that car over to determine whether or not the driver is attentive and has full control of the vehicle.
Officers may also pull drivers over because they spot something on your vehicle that could be a violation. Perhaps your vehicle’s headlights are turned off, you are driving with expired tags, or your windshield is cracked. These sum up only a small number of reasons. However, even if you believe you have done nothing wrong or that the officer who pulled you over was unjust or unreasonable, you could certainly have a defensible case.
You are protected by the constitution from unreasonable traffic stops. If an officer believes that you have been driving under the influence, and the officer stopped you illegally, all of the evidence collected against you cannot be used in court. This could help immensely with your defense, and may even assist in getting the case thrown out, as well.
Do not wait to seek legal representation if you have been arrested for a DUI. Contact The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. today for a free, confidential appointment!