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What are Legal Reasons for Traffic Stops?
Traffic stops occur with a high degree of frequency. According to the Florida Bureau of Justice Statistics, traffic stops are the most common way that the public comes into contact with a police officer. A police officer may pull over a vehicle for any of a number of reasons including a traffic infraction, a vehicle violation, or for exhibiting behavior that indicates possible impaired driving. An officer might stop a vehicle based on a tip from a concerned citizen. Additionally, law enforcement can pull over a vehicle for failure to wear a seatbelt. If you feel that a traffic stop was unjustified or conducted improperly, an experienced Brevard County defense attorney may be able to provide assistance. What You Should Know About Traffic Stops Police officers and drivers must conduct themselves in a respectful manner during a traffic stop. As a driver, you should remain in your vehicle.
Enforcement of Florida Texting and Driving Law
In Florida, texting while driving is already banned. However, police were not yet citing drivers with official tickets. Instead, drivers had a six-month grace period that lasted until January 1, 2020. Law enforcement officials have been giving drivers warning tickets for texting while driving. Previously, police officers were not allowed to pull over a driver for texting while driving, but could cite a driver if they stopped the driver for another infraction. The law changed in July, allowing the police to stop vehicles for texting alone, but extended a grace period in which they will issue only verbal or written warnings. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, they issued about 1,087 warnings from July 1, 2019 through December 19, 2019. An additional 1,220 citations were issued throughout Florida by other law enforcement agencies. Now, drivers will be issued actual citations rather than warnings. Fines for a first.
What are My Rights if I am Arrested in Brevard County?
Being placed under arrest, for any reason, is probably one of the most terrifying experiences you will have in your life. You may not know what to expect and feel alone and afraid. You have probably heard people being read their rights on television shows and in movies, and for the most part, that is how it works. U.S. law requires that you are read your rights as part of the arrest process. These rights are also known as your Miranda warnings because they stem from a specific U.S. Supreme Court Case, Miranda v. Arizona. What are Miranda Warnings? Miranda warnings must be read to you whenever you are in custody. Stopping or detaining you temporarily is not the same, but if it leads to an arrest, the officer must read you your rights. Your rights include:
  • Right to remain silent
  • Anything.