By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
Texas probably has thousands and thousands of laws on the books.
There is no such thing as a silly or unimportant traffic law and here’s why: police profile people and those laws — silly as they may sound — legitimize otherwise bogus traffic stops. Those stops turn into DWI’s, drug possession charges… and if the citizen isn’t doing anything wrong… the stop turns into general harassment.
To be clear, not all profiling is racial. Sometimes officers will act on “hunches” about how someone looks, what they drive, or how they act. Usually, though, there is simply nothing illegal about looking different, driving a particular car, or having a nervous disposition. The law is clear that these reasons alone aren’t enough for police to detain drivers or passengers on the roads.
In order to stop a car, a police officer…
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