Unlawful Police Stops in Alabama

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Some of the most crucial pieces of evidence in DUI arrests are obtained thanks to traffic stops. What happens when the traffic or police stop that led to this allegedly incriminating evidence was unlawful? If you have been charged with DUI and believe that your arrest was unlawful in any way, make sure you contact our legal team for immediate counsel. At Tidwell Law Group, LLC, we firmly believe in protecting the rights of our clients and ensuring they are treated fairly in their case. We are ready to advocate on your behalf, fighting against your DUI charges!


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What Makes a Police Stop Legal?

When a person is arrested for DUI, the police must have certain pieces of evidence to make such an arrest. For example, they must either have a test result that indicated impairment, such as a breathalyzer or field sobriety test. They cannot arrest an individual just because they suspect they are intoxicated or they smell alcohol on their breath; and officer must have some type of reasonable cause to charge an individual. Just like there must be reasonable cause for an arrest, there must be reasonable cause for a police stop in the first place.

Some examples of legal reasons an officer can pull you over include:

  • Speeding
  • Running a red light
  • Swerving between lanes
  • Involvement in an accident or collision
  • Failing to use a blinker or turn on lights
  • A mandated DUI/sobriety checkpoint
  • Any other type of traffic violation

If you believe that an officer didn't have reasonable cause to pull you over, you could be able to get evidence suppressed or even have your charges dropped entirely! However, it is important to remember that it is your word against a police officer's word. This means that you will need a qualified DUI attorney in Birmingham to represent you in and out of the courtroom!

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