Many reasons may warrant a police officer or highway patrolman to pull over a driver operating a motor vehicle, as long as that cause is within the legal confines of The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The amendment rules that individuals shall not be subjected to “unreasonable search and seizure.” A police officer must exhibit “probable cause” in order to pull someone over, which is considered seizure under the amendment. Probable cause means the officer has substantial reason to believe that an individual has violated the law and the situation requires further investigation and intervention on the officer’s behalf.
Reasons for being pulled over range from smaller infractions like failing to signal when changing lanes, to larger implications like reasonable suspicion of organized crime activity. That said, the most common grounds for an officer to pull over a driver are traffic infractions.
Some common Colorado traffic violations which you may be pulled over for include:
- Use of a cell phone or texting;
- Evidence of drunk or impaired driving (DUI); and
- Failure to adhere to traffic rules or reckless driving.
In many of these situations, it is an officer’s responsibility to objectively judge and determine what constitutes probable cause to pull an individual over. With the exception of excessive speeding caught on radar, he or she must evaluate other behavioral patterns of a driver in a split seconds time to determine whether an infraction is likely. If you’re facing DUI charges in Colorado that you believe to be false, contact the Colorado Springs drunk driving defense attorneys with the Bussey Law Firm, P.C. at (719) 475-2555 for a free and confidential case review.