December 28, 2023 By Paul Wallin

What Is “Reasonable Articulate Suspicion”


When it comes to traffic stops, the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects drivers from unreasonable searches and seizures. However, police officers have been given broad authority when it comes to conducting traffic stops based on what is known as “reasonable articulate suspicion”. In California, this means that an officer can stop a driver in certain circumstances if they have reasonable grounds to suspect the driver has committed a crime. 

If you believe you have been subject to an unreasonable search, you need an aggressive defense attorney on your side. Choosing Wallin & Klarich to represent your case puts you in a better position to receive the best outcome for your case. We have over 40 years of experience in Southern California. Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL  for your free appeal consultation!

Reasonable Articulate Suspicion

So, what exactly constitutes reasonable articulate suspicion on California’s roads? In most cases, it boils down to whether or not the officer had a reasonable basis for believing that the individual was engaged in criminal activity. This could include anything from reckless driving to carrying illegal substances. 

In order to determine if there is reasonable articulate suspicion in a traffic stop, an officer must be able to articulate or explain why they thought the driver was suspicious in the first place. For example, if an officer witnessed a driver run a red light, they may have reasonable grounds for pulling over the vehicle on suspicion of a traffic violation. 

In some cases, an officer may not have had reasonable articulate suspicion for the traffic stop. If this is true in your case, it can mean that any evidence collected during the search might be excluded from use by prosecutors. This could significantly impact your case and give you a better chance of avoiding serious penalties like jail time or hefty fines. 

It is important to remember that there are strict rules surrounding traffic stops and other law enforcement activities in California. If you feel your rights were violated during a traffic stop, be sure to consult your attorney as soon as possible. With the help of an experienced legal professional, you can work to protect yourself and your rights. Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have 40+ years of experience representing cases like yours. Plus, we offer exceptional service, experience, and affordable payment options to help you manage the cost of hiring a defense attorney.

When Does it Apply?

An officer must have “reasonable articulate suspicion” when making all traffic stops. This includes:

  • Speeding
  • Suspected DUIs
  • All other traffic stops

It is important to understand your rights when driving on the road. If you feel like your rights have been violated, call our office today for a free consultation!

Contact Wallin & Klarich Today 

If your rights have been violated during a traffic stop, you need an aggressive defense attorney to fight for your freedom. With 40+ years of experience, our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have helped thousands of clients win their cases or get their charges reduced to a lesser degree. We know the most effective defenses to argue on your behalf, and we will do everything in our power to help you achieve the best possible result in your case. 

You may not be aware of all your options. Calling our office costs you nothing, but picking up the phone could be the difference between years in prison and years of freedom. Let our skilled attorneys examine your case to find the best way to avoid prison.Discover how our team can assist you. Contact us today, toll-free at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free consultation with a skilled defense attorney.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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