3 Steps to Follow if You are Pulled Over
By robinjohnso19628844, Jul 13 2017 02:59PM
Seeing red and blue lights in the rearview mirror can cause a person’s heart to skip a beat. Even if the traffic laws were followed, a driver could be understandably nervous about being pulled over by a police officer. The next few minutes need to be handled with care to protect the rights of the driver so that the person can avoid legal problems.
What should the driver do when talking to the police officer? Here are three steps that should always be followed:
1. Stay Calm
Even though it is a stressful situation, staying calm is the best way to manage the situation. Getting angry, frustrated, or emotional about being pulled over could escalate the situation and lead to bigger problems in the future. So, keep your cool and don’t let emotions take over. Be polite and attentive to the conversation, regardless of the officer’s demeanor.
2. Stay in the Vehicle
Staying in the car will ensure safety, especially if the car is parked on the side of a busy road. There is no reason to get out of the car unless instructed by the police officer. Some officers could misunderstand the actions if a driver gets out of the car, assuming that the driver is aggressive or trying to flee the scene. Instead of causing confusion, it is better to stay in the seat and wait for the officer to approach the car. Make sure your hands are visible. Keeping them on the steering wheel is a good idea.
3. Provide the Requested Information
The police officer will ask for your name, date of birth, driver’s license and car registration. Provide these details as requested, but be aware that you don’t have to answer any other questions. Anything that is said could potentially be used as evidence if charges are filed. If additional questions need to be answered, then it is best to call a criminal defense attorney before having the conversation.
An experienced lawyer can ensure that the police officer is upholding the law. In the situation where charges are filed, the attorney can put together a case to protect the rights of the driver. For additional information, call Robin Johnson to talk to one of the leading defense attorneys in the area.