Robert, thank you for the additional information. The officer does need probable cause
to stop the vehicle and if there was an issue with your plates, the officer would have a legal basis to stop you. If the offense was committed in his presence and in his jurisdiction, he would have a right to pull you over, even if he followed you outside of where the infraction incurred. Of course, you can always challenge the stop and the jurisdiction and fight this in court
, if you think the officer was lying about the basis for the stop and could have not seen the tags at night, based upon their size. Your rights need to be read to you when you are in custody, not free to leave and being questioned about the offense for which you are being held. If the officer was not questioning you, your Miranda rights
do not need to be read to you and you could be asked to submit to a breath test, without them. If the officer was questioning you and failed to read you your rights, then you could have a basis to try and suppress any admissions or statements made.
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