Officers of the law do not have the right to stop a moving vehicle for just any reason, even if the officer suspects that the driver of the car is intoxicated. Police officers must have probable cause to stop you and search your person or your vehicle, such as swerving your car into the other lane of traffic, speeding or committing any other moving or traffic violation. Weaving within your own lane does not constitute probable cause to stop a driver, as does many other actions that drivers routinely commit when behind the wheel.
If an officer of the law pulled your car over and searched you or your vehicle without probable cause, you have the right to challenge the legality of the entire stop in court. This is one of the most powerful defenses for a DUI case. If it can be proven that the law enforcement officer did not have probable cause to pull you over, there is a high chance that the charges against you or the ticket you received will be dismissed entirely.
At Galumbeck Kegley, we understand the law surrounding police stops in Virginia and know what constitutes probable cause to pull someone over and what doesn’t. As former prosecutors, we are one step ahead of the prosecution’s tactics, because we already know how they’ll try to use evidence collected in your case against you.
Don’t assume that just because an officer pulled you over that he or she had the right to do so. Challenge your police stop with the help of attorneys Galumbeck Kegley. Call today for a consultation.
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