Seattle, WA asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington

Q: I swear the police used to have to give a ticket for the reason they pulled you over if they are giving you ticket or

So I remember getting infractions dropped due to the officer failing to write you up on original reason for the stop . Example cop pulls over says forgot turn signal while switching lanes but doesn't wite you up for that. But proceeded to issue a ticket for something else like failure to wear seatbelt or something else?

1 Lawyer Answer
Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Seattle, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Yes, they must have a reasonable suspicion that a crime or an infraction was committed to pull you over. No, they are not required to cite you for that violation. They may elect to warn you regarding that violation. They may also cite you for a violation discovered during the course of the stop, such as expired registration, no proof of insurance, or, as you say, a failure to wear a seat belt. Many of such violations are hard to discover without first stopping a driver. Similarly, many DUIs are discovered during a routine traffic stop.

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