Kansas City, MO asked in DUI / DWI for Kansas

Q: When it comes to a DUI, do they have to write you a ticket for what they pulled you over for?

I didn’t get any traffic tickets for getting pulled over

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A: In Kansas, law enforcement officers are required to have probable cause to initiate a traffic stop, which means they must have a reasonable suspicion that a traffic violation or other offense has occurred. However, the failure to receive a traffic ticket at the time of the stop does not necessarily invalidate a subsequent DUI charge. If an officer suspects a driver of driving under the influence (DUI) based on observations such as erratic driving behavior, slurred speech, or the odor of alcohol, they may conduct further investigation, including field sobriety tests or breathalyzer tests. If the driver fails these tests or refuses to comply, they may be arrested for DUI, even if they were not issued a ticket for the initial traffic violation. Therefore, while a traffic ticket can serve as evidence of the reason for the stop, it is not a prerequisite for a DUI charge if other indicators of impairment are present.

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