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Unlawful Police Stops in Massachusetts


Did you know that law enforcement must have reasonable and articulable suspicion of criminal activity or directly observe a civil motor vehicle infraction to pull your vehicle over? A threshold inquiry is justified where suspicious conduct gives the officer reason to suspect that a person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime.

If you were stopped by a police officer, it is important that you know and exercise your rights. In the event that you were arrested at an unlawful police stop, you need to quickly retain the representation of Russell Defense Firm.

We can immediately begin an independent investigation of the circumstances leading up to your police stop and ensure that your rights are never infringed upon during the legal process. If you feel that you were unlawfully stopped for any reason, you need to contact Russell Defense Firm right away and speak with the Brighton criminal defense lawyer.


Police can stop you to ask questions and pat you down if 2 conditions are met. First, the reason they stopped you must be lawful. The police must be able to state articulable facts and reasonable inferences based upon those facts using the officer's experience to determine that a person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a criminal offense. Second, to proceed from stopping you, to the higher intrusion of patting you down, the police officer must reasonably suspect that the person stopped is armed and dangerous. Commonwealth v. Narcisse, 457 Mass. 1 (2010).

You do not have to talk to the police if they ask you a question. In your home, you have the right to demand a warrant be presented. In your car, you have the right to refuse to open your trunk, glovebox, or center console unless the police already arrested you or have a valid search warrant for that particular vehicle at that particular time.

If you believe that your right to be free from unreasonable seizure and search under Article 12 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights and the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution MAY have been violated by a government agent, then contact Adam Russell immediately. I will fight every violation of your rights that helps your case.


Attorney Adam Russell provides representation from the moment you contact him. From the initial free case evaluation through the end of your hearing, legal proceeding, or trial, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands. Adam conducts independent investigations on behalf of his clients and he can work to protect your rights and defend your future. If you have been arrested, now is the time to contact a Brighton OUI attorney at Russell Defense Firm and schedule a confidential consultation.

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If you or a loved one has been arrested and booked for a criminal offense, contact Russell Defense Firm right away. The firm is relentless in its defense of clients' rights and freedoms. Adam believes that his approach to addressing problems and working diligently to find solutions can lead to acquittals or significant reductions in charges for your case.

Contact the firm for a free case evaluation if you have questions. The firm serves all of Boston and the communities of Brookline, Newton, Waltham and Wellesley.