Police pulled me over for having a suspended license, but it's not suspended, it's a restricted license. Was he in the right?

Asked over 1 year ago - Scranton, PA

A PA state trooper pulled me over and told me I'm being stopped because when he ran my plate, my license came up as suspended. I have a probationary license, which means I can drive between 6 am and 7 pm, anywhere and for any reason. This was well within that time allotment. Was subsequently arrested for suspicion of DUI. Since then I have become eligible for, and have received, my full license. Never got any mention of my probationary license being suspended when I went to get my license at the DMV. So, either the officer misinterpreted the information on his laptop, or, the information showed (though erroneously) that my license is suspended. I'm thinking that if he misinterpreted the info, then the stop was unlawful; but if he got the wrong info, then his belief is all that matters.

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  1. Michael Lawrence Doyle

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    Answered . It is unclear, but I gather that the DUI arrest you are referring to was the result of this stop as opposed to the reason your license was originally suspended. If that is the case, a motion to suppress the evidence for an illegal stop may be successful. You need an experienced trial counsel.

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  2. Robert C. Keller

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    Answered . You may have a defense. Retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you.

  3. Anthony Michael Solis

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    Answered . Sounds like he was wrong-- you may win this one.

    No legal advice is given here. My responses to questions on Avvo are never intended as legal advice and must NOT... more

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