Nothing’s worse than seeing those flashing lights in your rearview mirror. If you get pulled over by the police and react in the wrong way, you could wind up spending the night in jail. Knowing the right things to do and say is crucial. Here’s what to do when you’re pulled over.
Know Your Rights
Knowing your rights is your best defense. A police officer is legally allowed to pull you over or even follow you to see if you make a traffic violation. If the officer sees drug paraphernalia in your car, you can be arrested, but that officer can’t force you to do a roadside sobriety test, so politely refuse to do so. These tests are frequently done next to a highway where the wind from passing semis can topple you and make you appear under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you are arrested, you have the right to call an attorney and refuse to speak until you have your lawyer present. Also, don’t linger in jail and potentially lose your job. Have your attorney contact Potter County bail bonds to post bail.
Never be defensive around a police officer. Let the officer speak first and answer all questions politely. Keep your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them and keep all of your movements slow. Don’t reach for anything under the dash or under your seat.
Keep your proof of insurance and registration papers in a flat envelope that’s too small to hold a gun. When the officer asks to see your license and proof of insurance, ask permission to retrieve it from the glove compartment.
Don’t Overshare and Keep Your Answers Brief
The officer may ask if you know what you did wrong. Always say no even if you suspect you committed a traffic violation. If you were driving erratically and you’re on medication or have a disability that may have caused it, be sure and inform the officer.
Don’t Leave the Vehicle
If you step out of the vehicle, the officer may perceive it as a threat, so stay in your car and keep your seatbelt on unless you’re ordered to step outside. If the officer gives you a ticket, don’t argue. If you feel what the officer did was illegal, take note of his name and then contact an attorney.
Knowing your rights and remaining calm and courteous will help you avoid hassles and jail time.