10 Dec What if the officer stopped me because of my race?
What if the officer stopped me because of my race?
This is why having a qualified attorney fighting for you is so important. If law enforcement illegally stops and searches someone because of his or her race, that can be grounds for dismissal of charges in court. The same applies if an officer issues a ticket based on racial profiling—it’s illegal and has no place in our justice system. A good attorney can help make sure that doesn’t happen to you. Don’t take chances with your case when it’s absolutely critical that it works out; hire an attorney who knows what he or she is doing. You will likely be relieved with how smoothly things go, especially considering how scary it can be without representation in court.
If you’re stopped by an officer, you may wonder if it’s because of something other than driving behavior—like being pulled over because of your race. Unfortunately, drivers of color face that experience all too often. A study conducted by Northeastern University found that African-American drivers were almost twice as likely to be searched following a police stop compared with white drivers. In order for police officers to conduct searches, they must have reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is taking place—which means they must be able to articulate why they think you are acting suspiciously. If an officer can’t explain his or her reasoning after stopping and searching your vehicle, contact a lawyer right away so they can help fight these unfair charges in court.
Police in New York State can’t stop drivers based on their race. But what if they stopped me because of my race? This can happen, but it isn’t always easy to prove. Many people believe they were singled out by police, but they don’t understand why. In many cases, these drivers will tell their story and feel certain that being singled out was due solely to their race. Unfortunately, having an attorney review and defend your case is necessary in these situations because proving racial profiling is complicated. There are many questions that must be answered before someone could be found guilty of racial profiling: Where was I pulled over? Was I stopped for a legitimate reason?