In order to be placed under arrest, a police officer must have sufficient
probable cause that gives them enough reason to believe that an individual
is committing, or about to commit a crime. In this blog, our Houston
DWI lawyer explains what you should know about probable cause and DWIs.
An Officer Needs Probable Cause to Pull You Over
An officer cannot just pull you over for the sake of doing so. Probable
cause implies that the officer has reliable information to support a belief
or suspicion that the driver they are pulling over has committed a crime.
If an officer notices that your car is swerving between lanes, that alone
can be used as probable cause to pull you over in suspicion of a DWI.
If the Officer did not have Probable Cause, You can Fight It
In the absence of probable cause, you can fight your arrest and any charges
that resulted from the arrest. By filing a motion to suppress, your case
can be thrown out. If you have reason to believe that there was no probable
cause, you’ll want to discuss your options with an experienced defense
attorney – motions to suppress are difficult to prove, especially
in DWI cases.
Bad Behavior is Probable Cause
Probable cause is formulated based solely on an officer’s initial
observations of driving behavior. While the way in which you were driving
your car was the cause of the stop, the officer will continue to observe
your behavior to gather probable cause for any additional offenses.
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