My question involves criminal law for the state of: Florida
I got pulled over for no reason, the officer said I looked lost, and I was on my way home, only a street away from the address on my license. I received no tickets for any violations but the officer asked to search me and my car so I allowed him to. He found an empty dime bag in a little pocket in my pants I had forgotten about and a pipe in the center console and gave me a notice to appear for a paraphernalia charge but checked the box saying I only had to pay a fine. I took it to court and put in a plea of Not Guilty and have to go to court again in another month. How do I go about getting this case dismissed for an illegal traffic stop, if it even is one? I heard I could move the court for a motion of suppression of evidence or something like that, or move for dismissal. Would this leave no case since if I was illegally pulled over I would have never consented to the search so that and any other statements and evidence are suppressed? Any advice? Officers out there who could tell me if this was legal? I know I consented to the search but only because I thought I had nothing on me or in my car.
Also, just because this will probably end up coming up in court and may change things a little, the officer verbally told me he had seen like a joint worth of shake and few seeds and stems but nothing was collected. I also had a passenger with me who didn't get charged with anything and has previous drug charges.
Also when he found the empty bag in my pocket I panicked and said the pants weren't mine and I had no knowledge of it being there. The officer told me that if I hadn't of told him that he would of taken me to jail, he said I made his day.
So yeah, any ideas? Sorry for the length...