One way police attempt to catch drunk drivers is to stake out bars and pull cars over as they leave. Whether there is a valid reason or not, the police will administer a field sobriety test and attempt nab the driver for driving under the influence of intoxicants. This “cherry picking” of certain drivers and pulling them over for no reason is illegal. If the police simply pulled you over because it was late or they observed you leaving a bar or restaurant, a Portland DUI Lawyer can fight to have the evidence dismissed due to an illegal traffic stop.
Reasons for a Valid Traffic Stop from a Portland DUI Lawyer
Police must have some valid reason for pulling a driver over and then administering a breath test. Some common reasons to pull someone over for testing include:
- Weaving in a lane
- Failure to signal
- Following too closely
A police officer may also administer a test if they pull a driver over for expired plates or a taillight being out and smell alcohol or observe intoxication. But there must be some probable cause for police to search a driver. A Portland DUI Lawyer will examine the traffic stop and make sure the stop and any searches resulting from it were legal.
The attorneys at Corbridge & Kroll are experienced trial lawyers who fight for their clients’ rights. If you have been pulled over, they will look for any police dash cams, witness statements, or any other evidence which may show that you were not stopped legally. Their attorneys will fight to make sure the police work within the confines of the law.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Oregon and feel the stop was improper, contact a Portland DUI Lawyer at Corbridge & Kroll right away.