(617) 720-8447

Free consultation

09:00 A.M. - 05:00 P.M.

Office hours mon - fri

Why did the Police Officer Pull Me Over?

Share

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest

In Massachusetts we are afforded certain protections under the United States Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights. A police officer may only conduct an investigation if he or she has “reasonable cause” to do so. If the officer cannot explain why he or she suspects that you were violating some traffic law or operating under the influence, the stop was unconstitutional, and we may be able to get your case dismissed entirely.

Deciding what qualifies as “reasonable cause” can get pretty complicated. Speeding, broken lights, failure to use your blinker, erratic driving, expired plates or inspection, collision, loud exhaust or failure to obey traffic lights are all common traffic violations that the police may cite as reasons to have pulled you over. After approaching the vehicle, the officer may request that you perform field sobriety tests or submit to chemical testing like the breathalyzer.  To request these actions from you, the police officer must have reasonable belief that you were drinking and driving. Police officers are trained to look for signs of intoxication such as alcohol containers in the vehicle, the smell of alcohol in the car or certain behaviors from the driver. Only if there are signs of intoxication can the police officer begin his or her OUI investigation. If the officer feels that you failed your field sobriety test or your chemical test, you will be charged with OUI.

If you or a family member has been charged with OUI, call KJC Law Firm in Worcester or Boston for a free consultation. We will tell you whether you have a defense and help you fight your case. We can investigate and analyze whether the initial stop of your vehicle by the police was in violation of your state or federal Constitutional rights. We have experienced attorneys who have defended numerous OUI cases, and a Constitutional Law professor to help analyze the legality of the initial stop. General family attorneys can be great for some things, but an OUI is serious and requires the knowledge and expertise of a lawyer specializing in OUI and constitutional law.

KJC Law Firm OUI attorneys represent people accused of OUI from communities all across Massachusetts, including the Greater Boston area, Cambridge, MetroWest, Worcester, Springfield, Cape Cod, Fall River and Lowell. Contact us today to set up a consultation.

Related Posts

November 18, 2021

Criminal Defense

What is Possession with the Intent to Distribute?

A charge of “Possession with Intent to Distribute” means that the Commonwealth claims that you had drugs and you planned to distribute them or sell them to other people. Prosecutors in Massachusetts typically work hard to get a conviction or plea and the stiffest penalty possible in these cases. It is surprisingly easy for police […]

November 18, 2021

Criminal Defense

What Will Happen When I Go to Court?

Navigating the court system is complicated and the consequences of not knowing how to do that can be disastrous. Every criminal case has many potential outcomes depending on the circumstances of the arrest. Most people who are arrested for OUI in Massachusetts are not criminals. They are regular, ordinary people who found the experience of […]

November 18, 2021

Criminal Defense

What is Drug Trafficking?

The difference between “Possession with Intent to Distribute” and “ Drug Trafficking” is usually based on the amount of drugs in your possession. However, these charges can sometimes be based on months of law enforcement investigation that includes wiretap evidence, controlled buys, confidential informants, and “drug raids” conducted at residences and/or businesses. Drug Trafficking is an […]

Let Us Share Our Insight On Your Podcast

We love educating your audience about the ins and outs of personal injury law.

People Share Insights

(617) 720-8447

Free consultation

08:00 - 20:00

Office hours mon - fri

Thank you for telling us
your story!

One of our intake specialists will be in
touch with you within one business day.

Download THE

Five Tips to Survive Your Lawsuit and Help Make It a Winner

Name(Required)

Thank You!

One of our intake specialists will contact
you within one business day.

If you’d like to share more information with us about your situation, feel free
to write as much or as little as you like below. (Not required.)