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Good morning. Why was this issued?
Thank you. Based upon what you shared above, if they asked you to leave and you returned to get your wallet, they may have used that as the basis. Now, you certainly have a defense to justify the return, since your wallet was left there and it had your ID and license and you needed the contents to drive. You also shared that the Officer gave you the wallet, so there is evidence to support your return. Now, you can try and fight this and it would need to be determined if they properly placed you on notice not to return and if there is any justification which may have allowed it. If so, you have a defense. If you retain counsel, they may be able to speak with the Officer and depose him, to show and support you had to get your license and they gave it to you and you left when asked. If so, the State may decide to not proceed.
I do understand. As I shared, it MAY have been because they warned and told you to leave after your friend threw her drink down. That may have constituted the warning and notice. Then, once you went back, is when they may have told the Officer. However, as I shared, you needed your wallet ( and you would want to show how and why they had it) and that was the legal basis to return
Yes, there needs to be a legal basis to stop the vehicle. However, the Officer may have used the trespass issue to justify the stop, if they knew this incident happened and needed to issue the warrant/citation, since you left there and they saw the car. You really want to obtain a copy of the police report and look into the court file, since it would state what happened and why this all went down. There needs to be a legal basis to support it.
It seems odd, which is why I shared that you need to obtain a copy and read the report. Moreover, if you spoke directly with another officer and he got your wallet, it would appear you have a stronger case and argument to make.
I just wanted to follow up and see if you had any other questions or needed me to clarify something. I am here to help, so please let me know. Thanks!