Did I get pulled over because a cop was bored?
January 4, 2013 7:05 AM Subscribe
Short version: In Colorado, is "the registered owner's license is expired" probable cause to pull someone over?
posted by Perthuz to Law & Government (15 answers total)
Long version: I live in Colorado. I was pulled over the other night and the officer explained that he pulled me over because "the registered owner of the vehicle had an expired license". There was no other mention of any actual violation. As the registered owner, and being in possession of a license expiring in 2014, I was surprised.
He eventually informed me that my license *may have been* revoked due to an unpaid ticket in New Mexico (that's also a surprise and a different matter), but that my license is indeed expired. He issued me a ticket and a court date, gave back my license, and let me go on the condition that my wife take over driving.
I'll be dealing with the expired license before the court date, but my question really is: is this all as sketchy as it feels to me? Did the officer have probable cause to pull me over? It was dark and he could probably tell there was a male driving and that the registered owner was likely male based on name, but again - no mention of any actual traffic violation.