Was Your Pullover Legitimate?
The police are prohibited from pulling you over for no reason. In fact, the Constitution grants individuals the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. That is why the police need probable cause that a wrong was committed before making a traffic stop. If the police did not have a valid reason for pulling you over, it may be possible to have any criminal charges arising from the stop dismissed.
Bedford-Concord attorney Peter G. DeGelleke has been defending the rights of individuals in Massachusetts since 1977. He understands how to challenge the evidence presented against you and he will work hard to help you build the strongest possible defense. Complete an online contact form or call 781-275-0800 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
When Can the Police Pull You Over?
It was probably an alleged driving error that got you pulled over and subsequently arrested for suspicion of OUI/DUI/DWI. Some of the common reasons officers give for making an initial stop for drunk driving include:
- A near collision
- Driving slower than the posted speed
- Following another vehicle too closely
- A wide turn
- Failing to stay in your lane
- Incorrect signaling
- Slow reaction times
- Rapid change in speed
- Failing to use your headlights
- Sudden braking
The list of possible reasons for the stop is long. However, attorney DeGelleke will launch a thorough investigation into the reasoning behind the stop and determine whether the office had enough reasonable suspicion to make the stop. If it is an arguable issue, Mr. DeGelleke will challenge the stop by filing a motion to suppress. If the motion is granted, the case will be dismissed. Even if the motion is denied, there are still a number of defenses that may be raised to help limit the potential consequences of your case.
Questions About Your Initial Stop? Contact an Attorney.
It is important to seek legal advice from a lawyer as soon as possible following an initial traffic stop. Complete an online contact form or call 781-275-0800 to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your situation.