Can police pull you over without a traffic violation being made? Can the just randomly run your plates with no reason? 20 Answers as of June 13, 2013

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
The police can randomly run your plates for no reason.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 11/25/2012
LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com
LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com | Andrea Storey Rogers
Yes, the police can randomly run your plates for no reason and if your record shows that you have a warrant or your license is suspended, they can pull you over.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 11/12/2012
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
They can pull you over if they see a traffic violation or probable cause of another crime being committed or you have a warrant for your arrest.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/8/2012
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
The police can pull you over for anything they like and there is nothing you can do about it. That is why you should not have contraband in a car, smoke pot in the car, consent to a search, or make admissions as to what is in the car. It is especially foolish to have drugs in a car that are not hidden in the trunk since the police may not feel that they have the right to tear apart a trunk for a simple traffic stop. They will often lie and say you committed a traffic offense and that the drugs were in "plain sight" on the floor or that they smelled the marijuana. They will often say that they saw you hide the drugs or that they believed you were intoxicated or on drugs. They have no right to search a car unless they make an arrest, get a warrant, get consent, or believe that a crime is being committed. They are usually able to manipulate the driver to consent to the search because most people are taught to cooperate with the police and they do not understand their rights or the reason why they should never talk to the police or consent. All you have to do is to give them your license, registration, and insurance card. You do not have to answer any other questions and all you should say is "I want to have my attorney present before I answer any questions, please stop all questioning until my attorney is present." They will be impressed that you are one of the only people they have ever stopped that was smart enough to know their rights and not offer up the evidence to convict them. To be honest, most people are not aware of their rights because they do not read or pay attention to such things and they have to learn the hard way.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/8/2012
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
Unfortunately, police may run your plates for no reason. However, there must be reasonable suspicion that a traffic violation has been committed to initiate a traffic stop.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/8/2012
    Natty Shafer Law
    Natty Shafer Law | Nathaniel Shafer
    Yes, they can run anyone's plates. Some police computers do it automatically. If the computer alerts them to a possible warrant then they can pull someone over, even if there has been no traffic violation.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 11/8/2012
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    There are court rulings that say an officer can run your plate information without having a reason. It is because we have no right to privacy to our license plate numbers, especially when they are openly displayed on a public roadway. A lot of police officers will check plates at red lights while on a shift to look for people with warrants.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/8/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Yes they can randomly run plates.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/7/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    The police usually have on-board computers, and it is well known that they often run plates to see the status of the registered owner's drivers license, and if the driver matched the information about the owner's physical description, they will find a way to stop and investigate further.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/7/2012
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD | Mace Yampolsky
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/21/2013
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    In NH, the police can randomly run your license plate registration without any other reason .
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 11/7/2012
    MatthewR. Schutz, Esq | Matthew R. Schutz
    body{font-size:10pt;font-family:arial,sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;color:black;}p{margin:0px;} The police need reasonable suspicion to pull a vehicle over. They are free to run a license plate of any vehicle on the road.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 11/7/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    The answer to the first question is they are not allowed to, but they do. They can randomly run your plate and do.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 11/7/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Yes and if the owner's license is suspended they can stop the car. If the tags are suspended, they can stop the car.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/7/2012
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine | Jerry Lee Wallentine Jr.
    They can run your plates.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 6/13/2013
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    In MN police can run your plates and pull you over if the driver of the vehicle matches the description of the vehicle owner. Also if the vehicle has improper or revoked plates the officer can pull you over. You should contact an attorney to see if you have a defense.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/7/2012
    Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
    Yes, they can run your plates. Then if information comes back to stop the vehicle, it will be stopped.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/7/2012
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C.
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. | Steven Fairlie
    They can run your plate for no reason, but can't pull you over for no reason. If they run the plate and determine that you appear to be the person who has no license, or has a warrant, then they can pull you over without a traffic violation. There may be more circumstances to consider so sit down with a good lawyer and discuss all the facts of your case.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 11/7/2012
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    The police can run your plate for no reason. You have no expectation of privacy in that. If the search shows no insurance, suspended license, etc., the police can pull you over.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/7/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    Yes, but the results of the stop and any search might be suppressed.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 11/7/2012
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