Defense Against Unlawful Police Stops in Kansas City

Missouri police have the right to stop you in traffic if they have reason to suspect that you have violated the law. That can give law enforcement officials a lot of leeway to pull drivers over for even the slightest perceived infraction. In some cases, unethical cops may even stop drivers for tenuous legal reasons, looking for ways to try to make an arrest or write a ticket.

As unsettling as that can be, you will be prepared to handle—and you’ll be ready to protect yourself—it if:

  • You remain calm.
  • You know and assert your rights.
  • You understand your obligations and the consequences of not complying with them.
  • You know when to contact an attorney to help you protect your rights and interests.

Your Rights During Police Traffic Stops in Kansas City

Whether police suspect you of speeding, running a red light, or driving while impaired by alcohol, here are the rights you have when you are pulled over:

  1. The right to not answer police questions about your recent activities: You do not need to go into any details about what you did in the hours before you got behind the wheel. You also don’t need to admit to any potentially illegal activity. In general, it’s best for drivers to not share anything incriminating with police and to limit the information they do choose to vocalize.

  2. The right to refuse field sobriety testing: If police request a field sobriety test, again, you are not obligated to participate. In fact, this testing is not always administered in a way that’s totally “fair,” and it’s not always judged objectively by police. Of course, it’s important to know that refusing field sobriety testing can give police probable cause to request BAC testing. Still, refusals here may limit the evidence authorities have to potentially use against you later if you are charged with a DUI offense.

  3. The right to refuse a search of your vehicle: If police ask to search your vehicle during a traffic stop, they are likely looking for more evidence to use against you. So, don’t agree to a search. If you refuse a search and police still conduct it without probable cause, they could be violating your Fourth Amendment rights—and that could render any evidence they do collect during an illegal search as inadmissible (e.g., it can’t be used against you later).
  4. The right to an attorney: At any point after your arrest, you can request a lawyer—and it’s likely in your best interests to do so ASAP. The reality is that the things you do and say after an arrest can all have a big impact on the strength of your case later. While a lawyer can help you protect your rights when dealing with police, (s)he can also represent you at each step going forward. That can be what you need to successfully navigate the DUI process and achieve better resolutions.

Your Obligations During Police Traffic Stops in Kansas City

Along with your rights, it’s also crucial to know your legal obligations when you’re pulled over by police. If you do, you can make better decisions when it’s time to interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop. You may even be able to start building a defense case if the traffic stop ends in an arrest or criminal charges.

During a traffic stop in Kansas City, Missouri law requires drivers to:

  1. State their legal name: Be honest about who you are. Lying about your identity can cause you more problems later. It can also throw your credibility into question.

  2. Submit to chemical testing: If police ask drivers to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test during a traffic stop, refusing this testing will violate the Missouri implied consent law. That may result in a 1-year driver’s license revocation. Call the Law Office of Denise Kirby for more information.

Get Exceptional Help Protecting Your Rights: Contact a 5-Star Kansas City DUI Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI or you’re already facing DUI charges, the sooner you contact Kansas City DUI Lawyer Denise Kirby, the better. She has deep experience with DUI defense cases, and she’s highly effective at fighting misdemeanor and felony DUI charges to help the accused protect their rights and interests.

The reality is that DUI convictions can have expensive and lasting consequences—and that you may only have one chance to defend yourself against the charges. Make sure you have a strategic, compelling DUI defense when it matters most. Make sure you have Kansas City DUI Lawyer Denise Kirby in your corner.

Call 816-221-3691 or email our firm for a confidential DUI consultation and important answers about your rights and legal options.

Recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in DUI/DWI defense, Denise Kirby has the knowledge, strategies, and resources you can rely on for exceptional defense advocacy and client-focused service. She tailors her approach to the unique circumstances of every case, and she is diligent about achieving the best outcome possible, including dismissals, acquittals, and alternative sentencing.

Don’t gamble your future by facing DUI charges alone. Contact Kansas City Lawyer Denise Kirby now to get 5-star DUI defense that can set your case up for better resolutions.

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