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What to do if you’re pulled over by a police officer

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2020 | Criminal law

Police officers are on the lookout for anyone who violates the law. This comes in many forms, including but not limited to speeding, running a red light, drifting through a stop sign or driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

No two traffic stops are the same, but there are some steps you can always take to protect your legal rights. Here’s what you should say and do in this situation:

  • Stick to the basics: The biggest mistake you can make is talking, talking and then talking some more. This increases the likelihood of saying something the officer can use against you, either at the scene or in the court of law. 
  • Don’t admit to anything: Even if the officer presses you to admit that you violated the law, don’t go down this path. You have the right to remain silent, and there’s nothing wrong with exercising that right. It won’t get you in additional trouble.
  • Remain courteous: From a minor moving violation to a serious DUI charge, you should always remain courteous and respectful. Any other approach will increase the risk of additional trouble.

If you receive a traffic ticket, such as for speeding, review it carefully, consider the next steps and think long and hard about the potential impact on your life.

For instance, if you pay a speeding ticket, as opposed to fighting it in court, it could lead to a large fine and a higher insurance premium. And in the most serious cases, it could even result in a license suspension and/or insurance cancellation. Know your legal rights and take steps to protect them. You’ll be glad that you did.