Police officer walks up to me in a gas station tells me he must see my D.L. or he would not permit me to leave. He searched me and my car without my consent. He didn't even ask, or give any explanation for doing so. I wasn't even driving!
I assume you had your car with you at the gas station. The cop ran your plates and saw that you were suspended. There were no other possible drivers in the car. Based on that, you were charged. He does not have to catch you in the act of driving to arrest you. You can challenge the charges, of course, and claim that you were not driving the car. That is what a trial is for.
If your license was suspended you were probably on probation as well. A policeman does not need any justification to conduct a probation search.
Would have to read the report, but that is highly suspect!
The police generally need a reason to approach someone. They usually can't--and don't--randomly come up to people on the street. If you have been charged with something, there should be a police report explaining why the officer approached you. That would help determine if the officer's actions were legal.
You never know if there had just been a robbery or something involving someone dressed like you were.
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