Traffic Stop Requirements
Indiana law provides that in order for a police officer to make an arrest or issue a traffic ticket for a violation of a law regulating the operation of a motor vehicle, the officer must be either wearing a uniform and badge, or driving a clearly marked police vehicle. The purpose of this law is to protect drivers from police impersonators and to protect police officers from resistance should they not be recognized as officers.
Evidence obtained in an unlawful arrest or stop may be excluded upon a proper motion of a defendant. Should you be stopped for operating while intoxicated or any other traffic offense, you should carefully observe what the police officer is wearing and what the officer is driving and provide this information to your attorney.