Are you curious to know when a police officer can pull you over for suspicion of driving under the influence, or possession of illegal drugs? A DWI lawyer in Dallas knows what the police can do, and what they cannot.
Legitimate Reasons for Police Officers to Pull You Over
A police officer needs an objective reason to make a traffic stop. One example is a traffic violation. In this case, even if you think you were pulled over so the officer could look for drugs, it doesn’t matter. An improper motivation does not invalidate the stop, and the United States Supreme Court has backed this up. These are known as pretext stops.
One common reason to for a traffic stop is weaving within the lane. Courts have routinely found that weaving constitutes as reasonable cause to stop a vehicle on suspicion of driving under the influence. Weaving must take place over a substantial distance, and that distance varies by state. For example, in one case in California, that distance was 3/4 of a mile. On the other hand, in one case in Texas, the court found detention unlawful after the officer followed a car for nearly a mile and a half. The officer could not remember exactly how many times the car weaved, and this helped to find the detention unlawful.
Legal Assistance from DWI Lawyer in Dallas
For more information on when it is legal for police officers to pull you over on suspicion of driving under the influence, contact a DWI lawyer in Dallas of the Law Office of John L. Corn, P.C, at 214-528-4529.