Detroit, MI asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Michigan

Q: I was pulled over while driving someone else's car (with permission) because his license was suspended.

But he has been incarcerated in prison in the state for almost a year, so there is no possible way he could have been driving. The cop also said he witnessed the driver to be a male, and he is personally familiar with the registered owner, so he would have known that that is not who was driving. He didn't claim that I violated any traffic laws of any kind. Only that the registered owner did not have a valid license. Unfortunately, I also happen to not have a license. Can I challenge the validity of the stop?

I would also note that it was a public safety officer and he pulled me over outside of the city limits that are his jurisdiction. He had been following me for mile or two from inside the city limits, but he did not actually get the license plate number until after we were outside of them and didn't initiate the stop until then, when I turned off to a side road and he got behind me to read the plate.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Wow! You might have something there. Worth a shot.

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