Illegal Traffic Stops: Lawrenceville Criminal Attorney
Lawrenceville Criminal Defense Attorney
You have certain protections afforded to you by the U.S. Constitution. One of these falls under the 4th Amendment, which reads
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
In essence, you cannot be stopped by police without probable cause. If you are abiding by the law, and there is no reasonable suspicion that you are in the process of committing a crime, you cannot be stopped by the police. This doesn't mean it doesn't happen every day. At my firm, The Peevy Firm, P.C., I am committed to protecting the rights of those I serve, and if you were illegally stopped, I will take action for you at once. A common type of situation in which an illegal stop has taken place is a DUI or drug crime arrest. If you were driving legally, within the speed limit, and were not guilty of any traffic infraction or violation, there is no reason to stop you.
Fighting for Your Rights in Illegal Traffic Stops
The police in Lawrenceville and the Atlanta area have become very aggressive in attempting to reduce the numbers of DUI drivers, as well as to engage in actions to reduce drug crime. A traffic stop that is presented as routine may have actually violated your rights, and any evidence gathered after the stop may be deemed inadmissible, as the premise upon which you were stopped was false.
There are a number of ways the police choose to stop a vehicle, including:
- Profiling the type of vehicle
- The age of the vehicle
- Stopping a driver for a minor infraction such as a cracked windshield
- Stopping a driver for low tires and then proceeding to search the vehicle
There must be legitimate grounds to search your vehicle or your person. Are you a victim of this practice? Call my firm now.