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Permissible Traffic Stops

When you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, it may feel as though a police officer can stop you at any time for any reason. However, this is not technically the case. An officer cannot stop you simply because he or she wants to do so. There are certain standards that must be met and causes that must be present in order for a law enforcement agent to initiate a traffic stop.

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI or related offenses as a consequence of a traffic stop for which there was no basis, you should consult with experienced Rhode Island DUI defense attorney, Matthew Marin, at 401-287-4384. He is passionately committed to ensuring that his clients’ legal rights are protected at all times.

Rules Governing Traffic Stops

In the state of Rhode Island, the police are bound by certain rules when deciding to stop a driver on the road. Apart from suspected traffic violations, police:

  • Cannot stop you without strongly believing that you have or will soon commit a crime
  • Cannot use roadblocks to stop you
  • Cannot stop you because someone gave an anonymous lead or called 911

As a resident of the state of Rhode Island, it’s important that you are aware of your rights in the event that you are stopped for any reason.

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If you or someone you care about believes that police officers were taking advantage of their power and stopped you without good reason, contact Rhode Island DUI lawyer, Matthew Marin, at 401-287-4384, today.