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Unlawful DUI Stop

Unlawful DUI Stop in Santa Ana, CA

Santa Ana DUI Lawyer Protecting Drivers’ Rights

One of the key factors that need to be considered in a DUI case is whether or not the DUI stop was actually lawful. Did the officer have enough probable cause to stop the driver and carry out a DUI investigation? Or, in other words, did the officer have reasonable belief (based on facts) that the individual was driving under the influence or alcohol or drugs or breaking the law in some other way? If the answer is no, this can serve as a strong defense on the driver’s behalf, potentially leading to the charges being dismissed before the matter even goes to trial. This is due to the fact that a police stop without probable cause is considered a form of unreasonable search and seizure, which is a violation of the American people’s rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Thomas Tears, our seasoned Santa Ana criminal defense attorney, can help you determine whether your Constitutional rights were violated during the police stop that led to your DUI arrest. If this is the case, Attorney Tears can work relentlessly on your behalf to prove this fact in court. With his help, you might be able to avoid a DUI conviction!

Examples of Probable Cause for DUI Stops

An officer cannot pull someone over just because that individual appears suspicious. Furthermore, the officer cannot pull someone over simply because he or she is leaving a bar or liquor store. Here are a few examples of the actions by the driver that can constitute probable cause (signs that are seen as indicating possible impaired driving or traffic violations):

  • Speeding or excessively slow driving
  • Swerving in and out of lanes
  • Running stop signs or other traffic signals
  • Aggressive driving (such as tail-gaiting)
  • Making improper turns

There are also other scenarios in which an officer can pull over a driver over and investigate him or her without having first observed the types of signs and violations described above. These include the following:

  • The driver’s vehicle matches a description from a 911 report of a drunk driver
  • The stop is part of a DUI checkpoint
  • The driver was involved in an accident

Defense Against Your DUI Charges

In order to ensure that you are fully protected throughout the course of your criminal case, you should call a DUI lawyer as soon as possible after you arrest. At Thomas Tears, Attorney at Law, our attorney has more than 39 years of experience and is well-prepared to handle all types of DUI charges. Our criminal defense law firm works diligently to protect the rights of our each of our clients and to help them ensure that their rights are being upheld. Contact us today!

Client Reviews

Mr. Tears is a true Gentleman with vast knowledge of criminals law and great understanding the court system. I have used Mr. Tears services several times first time in 1998 and most recently in 2020 and referred his services to several of my friends and everyone agrees he treated his clients with dignity and respect.

Fred Highland

There are hundreds of DUI lawyers out there, and I’m sure there’s are a few that know how to win, but I don’t think all attorneys have the legal experience and relentless compassion, followed up by the genuine care that Attorney Tom Tears has proven to me as a client.

Joel Villarreal

I never felt like he wasn’t completely devoted to my case and my well being. He truly cares about his clients and his willingness to work with me in regards to paying out the fees was amazing. I do not believe I could have found another like him. My gratitude is immeasurable.

Lynne Porter

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Santa Ana, CA 92705


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