Intoxicated driving can be difficult to determine by law enforcement, but probable cause is still an absolute necessity for officers to pull you over and cite you. Unfortunately, whether they’re erring on the side of caution or trying to fill a department citation quota, officers unlawfully stopping drivers is a common occurrence and can result in damaging and undeserved charges for an individual.
At the Wilder Law Firm, we’ve seen too many drivers suffer penalties from unlawful police stops. That’s why we continue to bring our award-winning service to drivers who have unfairly been charged with DWI in Plano or other road violations.
To lawfully pull a driver over for suspicion of DWI, a police officer must have probable cause to believe that the driver is operating the vehicle while intoxicated. This evidence or reason can be documented in several ways.
Common instances of probable cause in DWI stops include:
While the law requires the officer must witness these signs him/herself, unlawful stops often occur when law enforcement targets drivers who have been spotted by eyewitnesses.
Under Texas statutes, DWI charges can result in some of the harshest penalties drivers can receive—convictions can be costly, interrupt your life, and be a burden on family and loved ones. Unlike other states, DWI charges don’t expire after a certain period in Texas, they remain on your record for life.
Victims of unlawful police stops need experienced, vigilant Plano DWI lawyers that can provide an assertive voice for them in court. For over 20 years, the Wilder Law Firm has been doing just that for DWI cases throughout Plano, winning dismissals and reduced charges for countless clients.
If you believe that you or a loved one has been a victim of an unlawful police stop resulting in a DWI charge, do not hesitate to contact us. Call an experienced Plano DWI defense lawyer today!
Dial (214) 855-7737 now and get started protecting your future with a free consultation.