Is it legal to be pulled over to determine if you are adhering to your probationary license terms? Like between work and home?
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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.