According to reports coming out of Galveston County Texas, a county trooper is being investigated for misconduct after what happened during a DWI arrest. Those reports indicated that in early September, a police officer pulled over and began investigating a young woman on suspicion of DWI. The police officer did not call back up, and continued with the investigation on his own.
The investigation ended badly for the driver, in more ways than one. In the first instance, the woman failed the breathalyzer test administered by the police officer. In addition, she did not have a driver’s license and fully admits to both infractions. But that was when this particular DWI investigation took a different turn than most.
According to the young woman’s reports, the police officer then let her sit up front with her, no handcuffs, and no other restraints. In fact, she took a selfie of herself and the police officer that has since been posted to the web. That is strange enough in itself, but the young woman also claims that the officer made inappropriate comments towards her and touched her inappropriately. Needless to say, this is not how most investigations take place, nor should they.
What to Expect From a Police Officer in a Pullover
There is a reason why those who are given the opportunity and responsibility to be police officers have high expectations from the public. When a police officer is invested with the authority that comes with wearing a badge, they are wear a badge representing the public and sworn to investigate and enforce our laws. That kind of job requires the highest sense of duty and adherence to ethics.
When a person is pulled over by the police or put under arrest, that person has the right to expect certain behavior from the police. For starters, as long as the person is complying with lawful orders by the police, they deserve to be treated with respect. The reason for this is simple, we live in a society that is regulated by rules and regulations, and each of must comply with those rules to avoid negative consequences. And for police, one of the biggest rules they are bound by are those found in the U.S. Constitution.
What Happens After an Arrest Matters
The primary rule found in the Constitution that police must abide by is found in the Fourth Amendment. In it, we are guaranteed the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by the state. So the principle that should guide all interactions with the police and suspects should be reasonableness. When that principle is violated, there are remedies that a good attorney can use to help a defendant.
This is just one of many rules and regulations that police must abide by, or else face negative consequences. But to enforce those rules you need the right legal team who knows them, and how they are enforced. If you are facing a DWI charge, contact the Wilder DWI Defense Firm. We can help you understand what your legal options are, and aggressively defend your rights in court.