According to law, police are required to have probable cause you broke
the law in order to pull you over. Whether you have been pulled over for
DUI, speeding or any other cause, our Santa Barbara DUI attorney has created
a list of things you should know regarding probable cause and the police.
1. Probable cause is enough facts or evidence to support a reasonable belief
a crime was committed. Probable cause for a police officer to pull you over on suspected DUI could
include driving speeding, swerving, drifting within your lane, and failing to stop.
2. Police can use accidents or injuries as probable cause. If you were in an accident or caused an injury to someone and the police
observe this occur, they can use the accident or injury as grounds for
probable cause to suspect you were driving while under the influence.
3. Police can use bad behavior as evidence for probable cause. Once the police observe a driving behavior that could trigger them to
pull you over, they continue to observe and gather information about you
based on your behavior. For example, if the police officer pulled you
over for rolling through a stop sign and as you open your window, marijuana
smoke exits the car, this is probable cause to suspect you were driving
under the influence.
4. You can fight it if the police pull you over without probable cause. If the police have truly pulled you over without probable cause and you
are later arrested for DUI, a
Santa Barbara DUI lawyer can help you fight it later with a motion to suppress.
Were you arrested for DUI?
If you were arrested for DUI, get in touch with our experienced Santa Barbara
DUI attorney today for legal advice. Serious penalties are attached to
a DUI conviction, which is why ensuring you are adequately represented
We offer free criminal consultations,
contact our offices today to get started.