When Can The Police Pull Over Your Vehicle?

Generally, a traffic stop is considered reasonable—and therefore legal—if police: 1) have a legitimate reason (called “reasonable suspicion”) for stopping the motorist in the first place, and 2) conduct the roadside detention in a reasonable manner.  Officers cannot randomly engage in roving stops of drivers to check licenses and registrations.  A police officer also must…

Can The Police Stop, Question, Or Search You?

A police officer can ask to speak to you at any time.  The duration of the encounter and whether your response is voluntary or mandatory differs depending on the nature of the stop.  Generally, there are three types of interactions with the police: Consensual voluntary encounter– If a police officer stops you without a warrant,…