Five Reasons Why an Officer May Legally Make Contact With You
A police officer must have a legal reason to make contact with a driver. There are five reasons why an officer may legally make contact with you:
- A traffic stop must be based on a reasonable suspicion that you are committing an offense. A moving violation, an equipment problem or a tag issue are all legal reasons for an officer to pull you over.
- DUI roadblocks allow officers to pull you over, however, there are several legal requirements that the courts have imposed for the public's safety.
- Welfare checks occur when an officer sees or receives information that an occupant of a vehicle may need medical assistance. Usually the person is just asleep.
- Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately – a REDDI report is when a citizen reports a vehicle that is moving erratically or an intoxicated person drives away from a location.
- Every accident must be reported or investigated by an officer, even if only one vehicle is involved. When you call a tow truck, the company will call the law enforcement agency and you will receive a ticket for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and/or Failure to Report an Accident. A conviction for either offense results in a (1) year loss of license.
If an officer makes contact with you, the first issue is whether it was legal and the second issue is whether evidence collected is admissible.
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