So I was recently ticketed and have court coming up. Here's my situation. I was pulling into a store and a police officer pulled in from opposite side/direction of store. I parked and went into store the officer sat and talked with gas attendant a few yards back from my car. When I came out he approaches me and started with "your tag is peeling up" which I retorted with "but it is still visable" then he asked for my information and paperwork which the vehicle is not registered to me. And my license is suspended. When I asked why he approaches me in the first place he said because I'm driving suspended but how would he know that to begin with and when I said I was recording and asked for his answer on why he approaches me he said "this conversation is done" which I retorted with "why? You don't want your answer recorded?" and he said "it's already been recorded" which if it was indeed recorded I was not informed of the fact from the beginning that it was. Then the next day he comes to the mobile home park and tells the manager that I'm being watched and was pulled over recently. Now I don't know what i would be being watched is that legal?
Cops are not required to have probable cause to approach us and have a conversation with us, or to say, "your [registration] tag is peeling up." You are correct that police must advise us they are recording us or the recording can be rendered inadmissible. If I were your lawyer, I would talk with you about whether we wanted the recording suppressed or whether it was helpful to us, before filing a motion to suppress. I see more search and seizure issues in your question (how did the cop know you were suspended before speaking to you when the vehicle was not in your name, for instance? His police report should explain that), and you should bring up these issues with your attorney. Many of us don't charge for the initial consultation, and you'll feel much better after talking to a lawyer in person about this case. Don't share more details here, as cops and prosecutors have computers too!
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