If I was pulled over by a police officer who knew me and they ran my name, can that be done without cause?

I was stopped because my license was suspended over a child support issue. I had not violated any traffic laws and there was no cause to run my name other than recognizing me. Is this really legal? Can I get this charge dismissed due to improper police procedure?

Asked on November 29, 2011 under Criminal Law, Idaho

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If a law enforcement officer knew that your driver's license had been suspended due to a child support issue and he or she saw you driving a motor vehicle, then the knowledge of your suspension for driving and the viewing of you driving a motor vehicle in and of itself was probable cause to stop you to confirm whether or not your driver's license had been reinstated or not.

If you do not have a criminal defense attorney representing you in the issue concerning a suspended driver's license, you should retain one. The charge is a misdemeanor where if convicted the result could be a substantial fine, jail, community service and a permanent criminal record. 


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