An unlawful police stop happens when law enforcement randomly pulls you over without a valid or lawful reason for pulling you over.
You can’t be pulled over by law enforcement without a lawful reason or probable cause, like driving without your headlights off at 9:00 p.m. According to the Florida Statute 901.151 known as the “Florida Stop and Frisk Law”: Whenever any law enforcement officer encounters a person under circumstances that reasonably indicate that this person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a violation, the officer may temporarily detain this person for the purpose of determining whether or not this person has committed, is committing or was committing an offense.
A traffic infraction is a valid reason for you to get pulled over by law enforcement. However, to search your car they will need a warrant. They may ask you to step out of the vehicle as a safety precaution, it is best if you do so to show them you’re cooperative but if you feel your rights are being abused, you can file a written complaint with the agency’s internal affairs division or civilian complaint board.
If you have been pulled over by law enforcement and you believe it has been an unlawful police stop, it is within your rights to call a lawyer. Contact us, our consultations are free of cost!