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Q: Pulled over 4 suspected reckless driving, not witnessed by Officer But only issued ticket for Expired License! Lawful?

Driver pulled over by Sheriff on a one lane expressway from a call into the Department of an alleged Reckless Driver. Sheriff Officer NEVER WITNESSED the callers complaint. Pulled over driver who was doing the speed limit & in their lane. Driver had an EXPIRED License for 6 years. Driver NOT ticked for the ORIGINAL Alleged Infraction. Was only ticked for EXPIRED LICENSE and NOT asked or required by Officer to sign ticket, just a Court Date 2 weeks later @ County Court Building.

Lawful to be pulled over for 1st alleged violation with NO Evidence or an ACTUAL WITNESS, just HEARSAY! Only Issued ticket for EXPIRED LICENSE?

Sounds like the POISON FRUIT Doctrine! Seems odd that Sheriff Officer on CAMERA for the EXPIRED DRIVERS LICENSE, did NOT have driver sign ticket to appear in/at Court?

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Theodore J. Harvatin
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Springfield, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I am not really seeing a legal defense here. The only possibility would be that the officer had no basis to believe the hearsay. But short of that, an officer can institute a stop based upon hearsay.

You don’t have to sign a ticket to make it valid.

Your best move here is to go get your license updated and bring prove to court.

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