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A rather rude Police officer pulled me over this morning in

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A rather rude Police officer pulled me over this morning in Carthage Texas. He asked for my Drivers License and Identification. I asked why I was being pulled over. He said I will tell you when I have your license and insurance. Is that legal. Don't I have a right to know why I am being detained before giving license and information. He came back to the car and said I was speeding, which was not true. I had my car on cruise control.
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I am sorry the officer was rude to you. In cases where an officer has exhibited rude behavior to a citizen, the citizen has a remedy of filing a complaint with the officer's Internal Affairs Division as they handle complaints of inappropriate conduct on behalf of their officers.

As far as telling you why you were stopped. The officer is entitled to ask for your license, registration and proof of insurance immediately upon a stop, since these are required of all drivers regardless of the reason for the stop. The officer has to tell you the reason for the stop eventually, but not immediately upon stopping you. As far as you disputing the violation, the place and time to dispute whether or not you were speeding is not with the officer, which is why most officers will not tell motorists anything and will just issue a citation as they do not want to argue on the street with someone about a violation.

The place to dispute a violation if you had your cruise control set would be in court by pleading not guilty. In order to do this, you need to get your mechanic to check your cruise control to make sure the speed settings are accurate and get a notarized affidavit from the mechanic showing that he performed a test of your cruise control and the speed was indeed accurate as that is part of your evidence in your case and the mechanic would need to come to court to actually testify on the date of trial that the cruise control was accurate.

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