For some people, interaction or even the sight of police can cause anxiety. Everyone reacts differently when dealing with the police, some are cooperative and some have an open disdain for law enforcement officers.
If you are pulled over by a police officer, it is important to remain calm and follow these guidelines:
- Pull over safely: When you see the police car’s flashing lights or hear the siren, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. Use your turn signal to indicate your intention to pull over and find a safe spot to park on the side of the road.
- Stay in your vehicle: Remain inside your vehicle and keep your seatbelt fastened. Turn off the engine and roll down your window to speak with the officer.
- Be polite and cooperative: Greet the officer respectfully but let the officer do the talking and do not admit to anything. Remember you have the right to remain silent and don’t be afraid to use it.
- Provide requested documents: The officer will likely ask to see your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. Have these documents ready to hand over when requested.
- Follow instructions: If the officer instructs you to step out of your vehicle, do so calmly and follow their instructions. If the officer asks to search your car, you have the right to refuse. You don’t have to grant the search request.
- Know your rights: You have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. If you are being arrested, you should be informed of these rights. Use them if you need to.
- If you have a passenger, encourage them to remain calm and only speak if the officer addresses them directly.
- Stay safe: If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe during the interaction, you can ask to speak with the officer’s supervisor.
The most important step is to remain silent, as the more information you provide, the more that information can be used against you in court. If you get a traffic infraction, you are not automatically guilty, and all charges can be challenged in court. If you did receive a traffic ticket, call, text, or email us today. Remember FIX-A-TICKET legal services provides free consultations.