My boyfriend had a warrant for failure to appear (he didn't intentionally miss, he got the dates mixed up). We were on our way to the store and he got pulled over- the officer said when she ran his plates that it came up that his registration was expired, but when she got out of her car she could see his sticker stating it was still good for the next 7 months. She took his license etc and said she would run the plates again because it was probably a mistake- this is when she said she saw the warrant and he was arrested. Obviously it already happened so it doesn't really matter and he did fail to appear so its not like he could get out of it, but her reasoning for pulling him over seemed far fetched and like she was looking for any sort of excuse to do so. Am I crazy for thinking that or was she just doing her job?
If his tags came up as expired when she ran them then yes, the stop was supported by at least reasonable suspicion. Just because the sticker has a later registration date does not mean the registration has not been cancelled for another reason, such as no insurance.
If she ran his tags and saw that he had a warrant would also have supported the stop.
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