I was recently pulled over by the police. The officer did not indicate what I was doing wrong. He had been at least a quarter of a mile behind me (behind a bus) went around the bus and pulled me over AFTER we sat through a red light.
I was unable to locate my insurance (I did after the fact) and had to appear in court.
I still do not know why he pulled me over. Is there a way to find out?
Yes, you can find out why the officer pulled you over. One way is to check the court's web site in which you appeared. Provide your name and search for the case that you just had your appearance in court. There should be an option to view what is called the docket. That docket should list the charges the officer has filed against you.
Another way is to contact the law enforcement agency for which the officer works. Ask for a copy of any police reports written by the officer about you on the date you were stopped. You can ask for law enforcement records under Ohio's public records laws. However, when a criminal or traffic case is still going on, the law enforcement agency can respond by saying an exception applies under Ohio law (known as the Confidential Law Enforcement Investigatory Records exception.
If that is the case, under applicable criminal or traffic rules, you can ask the prosecutor for a copy of all records it might use in its case against you. This link takes you to a set of the rules of criminal procedure: https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/LegalResources/Rules/criminal/CriminalProcedure.pdf - Look at Rule 16 in particular.
I hope this helps and good luck!
If you had to appear in court you should have been charged with something. What were you charged with?
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I agree with the previous answers. Additionally, there may be a police report containing a narrative detailing the encounter. You can stop by the police department and request a copy via a public records request, or request that the matter be scheduled for a pretrial. It would probably be a good idea to seek the assistance of a local attorney.
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