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Police can and do run your license plates...

Believe it or not, it is not a violation of your 4th Amendment rights for an officer to pull you over based on a random license plate check even if you have not committed any moving violations. If the owner of the vehicle you are driving has a suspended or revoked drivers license or registration, you may be pulled over to allow the officer an opportunity to further investigate whether your license is valid. This was recently upheld again in the Second District case of People v. Black Chevrolet Corvette. The stop could lead to further searches of you or your car if the officer becomes "reasonably suspicious" that you've committed some other offense.

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