Dallas County DWI Attorney Warns That Police Can Pull You Over Without Much Evidence You Did Anything Wrong

A recent Texas Criminal Appeals Court ruling gives police greater authority to pull you over, even if there is not much evidence that you did anything wrong.  Police are supposed to have evidence that you are about to commit, are committing, or have recently committed a crime or a motor vehicle offense before they pull you over.  The officer must be able to specifically state, or articulate, why he stopped you.  The law enforcement officer must have more than a mere hunch that you are doing something wrong before pulling you over. Once the officer pulls you over, he is free to investigate how you were driving. Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit is an experienced DWI attorney who knows how to prove that the police did not have enough evidence to pull you over and get your case thrown out of court.

These days, almost every person on the road has a cell phone. Many people use their phones to notify police when they see a driver operating dangerously. Police can stop a person simply based upon a phone call if the person gives their name and the investigating officer objectively believes that the driver is committing a crime based on the information police received from the caller.  The fact that the caller gives a name lends the caller credibility with the police. A person who gives the police their name is more likely to be telling the truth rather than making up a story about someone else. Police can tell if the caller is telling the truth by observing the driver for themselves. Even if the caller gave a fake name, the police could use the information the caller gave to stop a driver if the police make their observations of dangerous driving.

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that dangerous behaviors such as weaving back and forth and crossing the center line are indicators of DWI and pulling someone over based on those behaviors is justified. DWI is not the only explanation for weaving or crossing the center line.  A driver could have an unruly child in the backseat, sneezing, or some other innocent reason that explains why they were not driving properly.  Even if that is the case, the police can pull you over to investigate why you are weaving or crossing the center line. The investigating officer must let you go if there is an innocent explanation why they saw you driving dangerously. But, the police do not have to know why you are driving dangerously before they pull you over.

Once police have a reason to pull you over, then the investigating officer is free to observe you and how you are acting. The officer can see for himself if you have bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech, or speaking with a thick tongue, and have the smell of alcohol coming from within the car. The officer will make other observations such as watching how you get your license and proof of insurance and answer the officer’s questions. Also, the officer will look inside your car while talking to you. The officer is looking for open containers of alcohol in the car, or other evidence such as illegal narcotics.  The officer is looking for signs that you cannot think straight and therefore cannot drive a car safely. The officer is trying to gather evidence that you are drunk rather than dispel any innocent explanation for your poor driving.

Do Not Delay In Contacting An Experienced Dallas County DWI Attorney For Help

Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit is ready to fight for you if police arrested you in Dallas County for DWI. Attorney Pettit has years of experience successfully fighting to vindicate his clients from wrongdoing. Call Attorney Pettit today at 214-521-4567 to get experience on your side.


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