Q: I have a friend who is in federal custody for possession of 2 kilos of Meth. I don't think the traffic stop was legal.
They were driving a rental car. They were pulled over for the tags not matching the car. I understand that only registration has to match the plates. 3 state highway troopers pulled them over and 1 had a dog. They said the dog hit on the car. Was that legal even though the reason they were pulled over was proved no infraction
A: Unfortunately, then answer is, it depends. If the officers acted in good faith and the information they had would have established sufficient grounds for a traffic stop, it will likely be upheld by the Court. Ultimately, that's an issue that would need to be raised in a Motion to Suppress. I should hope with a serious charge like this that your friend has retained a qualified attorney. He or she will be in a better position to determine if the stop was legal or not.
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