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Officers still need cause to make a DUI arrest

Officers still need cause to make a DUI arrest

Something has to cause a police officer in Baltimore to pull you over and give you a DUI. While this may sound obvious, it’s actually a very important distinction, since it means police officers can’t just randomly pull over any vehicles that they want, hand out breath tests, and take drivers who fail down to the station. Before the breath test, something has to cause the traffic stop, and any stop done without cause—even if you are drunk—may not be legal.

Keep this in mind as technology advances. There have been talks about setting up laser monitoring devices that could detect alcohol and then tell police to pull certain vehicles over. This has never been done before, and it could have a huge impact on drivers’ rights if it becomes a reality.

That said, these systems are not in place yet, so it’s important to think about what could trigger a traffic stop today. Some common examples include:

— Turning or changing lanes without the proper use of a turn signal — Failing to come to a total and complete stop at a red light or a stop sign — Going even an inch over the center line or the line between lanes — Driving with a headlight or a taillight that is burned out — Driving with a license plate that does not have the most current registration sticker — Driving well over or below the speed limit — Making a turn from a lane that is not a turn lane — And much more

Essentially, police will look for little, common driving mistakes and then use them as a reason to make a stop and perhaps give out a DUI. If you’re facing these charges, be sure you know your rights.

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