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An unlawful traffic stop can mean a lot to your DUI case

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | DUI

If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), the legality of the traffic stop leading to your arrest can significantly impact your case. The police must have a valid reason to stop you, legally known as a reasonable suspicion. Otherwise, the traffic stop may be unlawful as it violates your constitutional rights.

It’s important to note that the police do not need to be sure you are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to stop you. Any observable activity that leads an officer to believe you are engaging in illegal activity, such as speeding or running a red light, is enough to legally pull you over.

Why the legality of your traffic stop matters

As mentioned, an unlawful stop is an infringement on your legal rights. Any evidence gathered from the stop, like field sobriety tests or breathalyzer results, may be inadmissible in court as it was acquired illegally.

The court may suppress such evidence, and when this happens, the prosecution cannot use it to prove you were drunk driving. This can have far-reaching consequences on the outcome of your case.

For instance, the prosecution may be left with insufficient evidence to secure a conviction once the court suppresses the illegally obtained evidence. It could see you facing reduced charges or none if the prosecution is unwilling to proceed to trial. Additionally, you may have more leverage when negotiating a plea deal, given the prosecution’s weak case against you.

Challenging the legality of your traffic stop

Arguing that your traffic stop was illegal is no easy feat. The legal technicalities can be overwhelming and require a thorough understanding of the law and procedures involved. Seeking legal guidance as soon as you are arrested for drunk driving can help assess whether the traffic stop was lawful and build a formidable defense that will help protect your interests.