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Unlawful Police Stops

Unlawful Police Stops in Plano

Plano DWI Attorney: Protecting Your Constitutional Rights

Were you stopped illegally by a police officer? Were you charged with a DWI as a result of that stop? You need to speak to a seasoned criminal defense attorney. The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, we are committed to providing each of our clients with the personalized attention and care that they deserve. If you have been charged with DWI, it is important that you be made aware of your rights. Our founder has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell® as AV Preeminent® for excellence in Litigation and Criminal Law. We have also served in over 100 jury trials and secured many successful verdicts.

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Law Enforcement Can Violate Your Rights in a Traffic Stop

There are strict requirements for law enforcement when making traffic stops. These rules are intended to protect people from an arrest without probable cause, as is stated in the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. When a police officer pulls you over, he or she must have a reasonable suspicion (probable cause) that you are violating the law. He or she must observe you driving in a manner that raises suspicion of intoxication, or observe you committing a traffic infraction. A police officer cannot pull you over and then test you for DWI without a significant reason.

No Probable Cause for Stop

Imagine being stopped by the police and then being arrested for DWI. You go to court, and, if you are found guilty, your penalties can include jail time, your driver's license being suspended, fines, probation, and hidden costs such as greatly increased insurance rates. This scenario, however, starts with the police pulling you over in the first place. Did law enforcement actually have probable cause? If not, the evidence found to arrest you for DWI after the police stop could be suppressed and deemed inadmissible. With no evidence, there is no case.

At The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, we are focused on identifying any and all police errors, including an illegal police stop, as part of the defense strategy for a DWI charge. We have gained a reputation throughout the courts in Collin, Dallas, and Tarrant Counties for our professionalism, our zealous protection of the rights of the accused, and for achieving positive results in difficult criminal cases, including DWI charges.

Basically, a police officer must have a reasonable suspicion that you are driving while intoxicated in order to legally pull you over. This reasonable suspicion is termed "probable cause." Legally, you cannot legally be stopped without a reason. There must be hard facts or observable behavior. This often includes observing a person swerving into other lanes, driving erratically, running stop signs, or other indicators of intoxication. Further, once you are stopped based upon probable cause, you can only be arrested if there is a real reason to do so, such as finding open alcohol containers in the car, smelling alcohol on your breath, or administering a test and finding that your BAC is too high.

Quality Legal Help for DWI Defense in Plano: Illegal Stops

You need skilled and experienced representation when you are facing DWI charges. The penalties for a DWI conviction are harsh and will lead to serious consequences. Without quality legal assistance, your rights may not be fully protected. It is important that your rights are protected, and, if you were the victim of a rights violation in an illegal police stop, we can take action for you.

We are focused on providing top quality criminal defense for our clients, and we are prepared to challenge the prosecution in cases of rights violations. Call today!