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✭HOUSTON DWI ATTORNEY (Houston, Pearland, Conroe, Sugar Land,)

The DUI attorneys at Anderson &Associates can help you through this stressful experience. We can assess your Texas or Harris County DUI case without cost or obligation. Payment plans are available. If you would like to arrange for a free consultation, contact us at: Phone:
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or Website: www.andersonattys.com. If you decide that Anderson & Associates is the right law firm to work with we also have flat fee rates and low down payments.

DID THE OFFICER HAVE REASONABLE SUSPICION OF A DUI VIOLATION?

A police officer needs reasonable suspicion of unlawful conduct to stop a motorist. The types of driving transgressions that result in an officer’s reasonable suspicion of a DUI violation vary greatly. There are several reasons for this variation: reasonable minds can disagree on the question of what is reasonable suspicion; the facts differ in every case; and states have different statutes making up what constitute traffic violations.

The first question to examine in determining the lawfulness of a motor vehicle stop is whether or not the police officer personally observed some violation of law.

Although there are many incidents when an officer does not have to observe a violation of law in order to stop a motorist, the bulk of drunk driving stops are initiated because the officer claimed a traffic violation occurred in the officer’s presence.

An improper motivation for the DUI stop (except for ones involving equal protection issues) does not invalidate the stop. If the police officer has an objectively reasonable basis for making a stop–i.e., a traffic violation–it does not matter that the real reason the defendant was pulled over was so the officer could look for drugs. The United States Supreme Court has approved pretext stops.
Common reasons for traffic stops

While there are almost an unlimited number of reasons an officer may use as a basis for conducting a motor vehicle stop, there are a few regularly recurring reasons for enforcement stops that result in DUI charges. The following are some examples of common reasons for traffic stops, and show how courts across the country come out differently as to which violations do or do not justify a DUI stop.

Weaving within the lane
Weaving across the lanes
Driving too slowly
Car equipment violations
Squealing tires

Facts are paramount in DUI cases. When a knowledgeable DUI lawyer has a case with one of the above common reasons for a traffic stop, he or she knows the law is important, but will use the facts in the case to make distinctions from cases that would seem to be controlling. Ultimately, it is the facts in every case that determine what is reasonable suspicion. It is the facts that will carry the day. Good DUI lawyers develop the facts in every case, and then find cases to support their position.

We are happy to personally answer any questions that remain after you review our website. The DUI attorneys at Anderson & Associates can help you through this stressful experience. We can assess your Texas or Harris County DUI case without cost or obligation. If you would like to arrange for a free consultation, contact us at: Phone:
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or Website: www.andersonattys.com. If you decide that Anderson & Associates is the right law firm to work with we also have flat fee rates and low down payments.

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