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Vehicle Stops for DUI in Wyoming

Generally a police officer can stop a person if he is violating a traffic law, if he is suspected of being engaged in criminal activity, or to make an arrest for criminal activity. In DUI cases, a police officer can lawfully stop a motorist if the officer suspects that the motorist may be drunk or otherwise impaired. However, a police officer must have probable cause or suspicion of wrongdoing to conduct a traffic stop. If the police officer has no probable cause or suspicion of wrongdoing, this is not a lawful stop and this is one way to challenge a DUI charge.

Once pulled over, police officers may conduct field sobriety tests: the test observes a suspect’s attention level, balance and other factors that can be used to determine whether the suspect has been driving under the influence. However, law enforcement cannot set up DUI checkpoints to randomly select motorists for screening in an attempt to catch drunk drivers in Wyoming.

Again, the police must have probable cause or suspicion of wrongdoing to conduct a traffic stop. If the police officer has no probable cause, this is not a lawful stop.


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