Probationary License from prior DUI's, limited to school, work, medical, etc., was pulled over with false claim tag light was out then started fishing to see if I was driving outside of to/from work or school or whatever and ended up being arrested for that. No other criminal charges from the incident. Submitted to Intox test at station as well and passed it (I knew I would as I was not intoxicated at all but had 2 beers watching the world series and stopped for pizza on my way home after leaving from watching the first part of the game). I blew like a .05 but they did not charge me with anything else other then the probationary license violation. I have my regular license now, this happened about 2 weeks prior to me getting my full license back after a 5 year suspension. Went the whole time without one ticket or incident until this happened.
Based on your description of the incident, this would be a legal stop (in my opinion). Officers can stop you for any "valid" reason as long as the stop not meant to harrass, or is arbitrary . They are even allowed to stop you if there is a safety issue with your vehicle that may or may not add up to an actual violation of the law.
If the officer had a good faith belief that there was an issue with your tag light, then the stop is legal. While looking into the the tag light issue, the officer can investigate other potential crimes if he/she has reasonable suspicion of some other potential crimes.
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