Can i get pulled over by a police officer because he was reading my plates? No traffic ciaations. Got arrested for driving on suspended license.

Driving on a suspended license. Got pulled over and arrested because the cop sitting at a gas station ran my plates. Does he have the right to pull me over and arrest me?

Asked on June 30, 2009 under Criminal Law, Massachusetts


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

There is no expectation of privacy as to your license plate.  The cop can run your plate in a random check.  If the plates are registered to you and your license came up as "suspended" then the police office can pull the car over to check and see if the registered owner was driving.  You were and were arrested for a suspended license.  Cop got lucky.  You were not. 

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