Officers testified that they saw me at an abandoned house along with 4 others and that after making eye contact with them I went inside the house. A few minutes later I left the house on foot and the same cops pulled me over. After running my name they discovered I had a traffic warrant, so they took me to the station and booked me. Did the cops have a reasonable suspicion to pull me over.
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If cops get information about an individual, learn that the individual has a warrant for traffic violations and personally sees that individual driving, then in most cases there is a lawful reason to stop that individual. On the other hand, if the cops did not know who the individual was driving the car and just stopped it based on the registration or assumption on who was driving the car, there may be issues relating to a Fourth Amendment violation. Do not post additional facts here since it is a public forum, especially if the incident is in Tulare. Consult an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area or if you cannot afford one, ask for a public defender.
Think about this. Stops are usually challenged to suppress the contraband. You were in an abandoned house (its owned by someone) and were presumptively trespassing, or at the least in a suspicious place.
If you had no warrant, you would have went on your way. You had a warrant so you went to jail.
If the stop was unwarranted, do you think that they will let you go and then re-catch you again?
Do you expect the judge to say "free to go" and then try to evade re-arrest before leaving the court house?
A warrant will likely never be "fruit of the poisonous tree".
Facts seem to indicate suspicion + consensual stop + identification + warrant discovery.
But, even if the stop was unreasonable, what remedy do you expect? Release and re-catch just doesn't make sense.
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