Traffic Violations and Tickets
State Laws
Police and Law Enforcement

Can a police officer run a license plate without just cause?

Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered 2009-07-03 04:35:43

There is no such thing as "just cause" when a police officer runs a license tag. It's part of his job to do so. Depending on how busy they may be doing other work police officers may randomly run dozens of license tags a day.

User Avatar

Your Answer

Related Questions

NO. He can search your car if he has just cause without a warrant.

Under no circumstances can a police officer stop you or search you without probable cause. Probable cause is one of the ways that an ordinary citizen's right to privacy is protected from unlawful search and seizure.

If the officer can articulate probable cause and exigent circumstance, yes.

A police officer may not enter your property without exigent circumstances. That being said, if the officer has probable cause or exigent circumstances to enter your property, you must allow them.

No, police work for only the state where they are registered as a police officer. That would be the Attorney General's job as the State/Chief Prosecutor.

An officer can conduct a search or seizure without a warrant if there is probably cause to believe a crime in being committed.

Assuming "Chock" is Choke. Yes it is illegal for a police officer to choke anyone without cause. However if the officer believes a suspect has drugs in his or her mouth and is attempting to swallow them. The officer may choke the individual to prevent them from swallowing said drugs.

No more so than they can with a license they MUST have probable cause .

Given reasonable cause, yes.

a police officer can arrest you for cause, meaning that no one can be arrested on a whim. Lack of cooperation or civility though can be valid reasons for arrest.

the police need probable cause and the permission and i believe the parents as a witness to the search

Very well. If the officer does not have probable cause then the case will be dismissed and the officer open to a lawsuit.

Whenever the police have probable cause to arrest you for a crime (he has enough information or he saw you commit the crime). In a probable cause arrest the prosecuting attorney has a certain number of days (about 30) to file formal charges or the Defendant can be released without charge (of course the charges can be filed later).

Without probable cause or reasonable grounds an officer of the law cannot enter your house. If they did, anything they find or seize would be used against them in a court of law for unlawful search and seizure. Im sure as well they would need a warrant to enter your house in the first place.

They don't need 'probable cause', just a 'reasonable suspicion'.

If probable cause is given then yes, the officer can.

Police officers aren't required to have probable cause or any level of suspicion to check the registration status of a license plate or determine if it is stolen. However, police data systems cannot be used for personal business. The officer must have a legitimate law enforcement purpose in making any inquiry to the database. If the officer performed such an inquiry while off duty, it wouldn't necessarily be unlawful. He would have to have a legitimate law enforcement interest to do so, as opposed to some personal reason for making the inquiry.

The police officer spent several hours ascertaining the cause of the accident.

Yes it is legal for an officer to take a minor to a police station without being arrested. This is called detainment. They are allowed to hold you for a period of unknown time, as every city and state is different. Usually 24 to 48 hours. However, if the minor is not being arrested and is being detained the officer must have probable cause to detain, such as possible runnaway or domestic violence, shoplifting etc. Usually the officer will call a parent or guardian to have them picked up from the police station if the minor cooperates and gives the contact information to the officer. But yes detainment is common.

Violence is not an answer. Try filing a civil lawsuit or an internal affairs claim. Also, arrest without good cause is illegal and the officer can get fired or even imprisoned. Generally, if it sounds wrong or illegal, it is. Keep that in mind.

From the NY State Statute: § 120.11 Aggravated assault upon a police officer or a peace officer. A person is guilty of aggravated assault upon a police officer or a peace officer when, with intent to cause serious physical injury to a person whom he knows or reasonably should know to be a police officer or a peace officer engaged in the course of performing his official duties, he causes such injury by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. Aggravated assault upon a police officer or a peace officer is a class B felony.

Copyright ยฉ 2021 Multiply Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply.