Q: : Does a cop initially have to tell you the reason your being pulled over in Mobile Al?

: Does a cop initially have to tell you the reason your being pulled over in Mobile Al?

I was pulled over by an officer outside of a school zone who told me while I was in the school zone he clocked me at 42. Where the officer said he clocked me at on the ticket is where he was already sitting with his lights on and where I and other cars were stopped for the crossing guard upon entering the school zone. There were cars in front of me and beside me. The car in front of me even got over because it to must have assumed the officer needed to go around traffic due to his lights being on before he entered into traffic behind me. When he approached my window he asked for my license and my insurances company name. Left with the info and came back telling me I was going 42 in a school zone. On the ticket he failed to enter the speed I allegedly was going and the speed of the zone and he reported yes to a crash on the ticket but there was no crash at all. Officer gave no explanation for that.

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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In Mobile, Alabama, a police officer does not have to immediately tell you the reason for pulling you over. However, they typically do inform you of the reason after obtaining your license and insurance information. It’s common for officers to address the violation after verifying your details.

In your situation, it seems there may be some inconsistencies with the ticket issued. If the officer did not record your speed or the speed limit of the school zone on the ticket, this could be a point of contention. Additionally, the mention of a crash when there was none adds to the confusion.

It might be helpful to gather any evidence, such as dashcam footage or witness statements, to support your case. You could consider challenging the ticket in court, where these discrepancies can be addressed. Being well-prepared with documentation and a clear understanding of the events will be beneficial.

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