Pulled over for DUI but I dont think the police had a right to stop me

Asked over 2 years ago - Akron, OH

I was pulled over and given a DUI because someone called in and said I swerved. They didn't observe me drinking. The cop didn't follow me but two streets. I believe i drove fine knowing he was behind me. Is that reason enough to pull me over? and even though I blew over the limit would it be thrown out on the fact that he should have never pulled me over in the first place? ALSO, when i went to the police station for a copy of the dashcam, why couldnt I receive one? Even though its not "offically public property" , it has to do with me, that would be private

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  1. Thomas Gregory Haren


    Contributor Level 6


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    Answered . If police do not have the right to stop a vehicle, then any evidence obtained as a result of the unlawful stop can be suppressed, including the result of a breath test. In any DUI case there are important, time-sensitive concerns that have to be addressed by a DUI defense attorney. It's impossible to judge your case from a simple internet posting, so I recommend that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible about your case in order to protect your rights and your license.

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  2. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

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    Answered . What you refer as the reason is essentially probable cause to make a stop and investigate the stop further. A good defense attorney will be able to analyze the case's evidence, memoranda, notes and other incidental documents to advise you further whether the case could be defended under a legally appropriate theorythat would fit into the synopsis you described.

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  3. Bret Andrew Royle

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    Answered . In addition to what the other attorneys have mentioned, the prosecution will likely need to divulge the identity of the anonymous caller in order to validate the stop of your vehicle. This assumption assumes that the officer did not have an independent reason to stop your vehicle in that two block time frame you mentioned in your question.

  4. Zev Goldstein


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    Answered . If someone reported you for bad driving, that may be enough to pull you over.
    There may be a time frame in which the persecutor needs to share evidence, but the police don't need to share everything the moment they release you.
    You want to have attorney look ever all the details of the case, and to hold the prosecutor to the law.

    This is not legal advice. If order to give you legal advice i would need to see the Tickets and talk to the court... more
  5. Joshua Stephen Alexander

    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . That's a great question. The first thing you should do is go consult with a local lawyer in your area.

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