Do you know what to do if a police officer pulls you over? No one likes this experience and many people assume that they are required to do everything the police officer tells them to. This is not necessarily true. Keep reading to find out how you should react to being pulled over by the police. If you are charged with or accused of committing a crime, contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.
What to Do Before You Say a Word
As the officer is approaching your car, make sure that your car is in park, you have turned down the ignition, you have rolled down your windows, and you have put your hands on your steering wheel where they can be seen easily. Move slowly. If the police say that they saw a quick movement that could have involved you hiding something, they could have probable cause to search your car. Do not start looking for your ID or registration until you are asked to do so.
Cooperate with the Officer
If the officer gives you a lawful request then you should comply with it. This includes giving them your name and address if they ask for it. The officer is not required to immediately tell you why you were stopped. If they ask you to get out of the car, get out of the car. If they ask you to stay in the car, stay in the car. Remain polite.
Let the Police Office Guide the Interaction
Let the officer speak. Generally, they are going to start by asking for your ID and registration. Do not insist that they tell you why you were stopped. Do not be defensive. Simply say, “Sure,” tell them that you are reaching into your pocket / glove compartment / etc. and give them the documents they are asking for.
Why do we recommend that you are so polite? Because the chances of you being let off with a warning increase the nicer you are. If you are accused of speeding and you know you were, simply say, “Yes, that was a mistake. I won’t do it again.” Do not offer excuses or become defensive. Answer simply “yes” or “no” when appropriate.
Never Consent to a Search
While we do recommend that you are polite, we never recommend that you consent to a search. Even if you are not guilty of a crime, even if you did nothing wrong and it seems easier to simply consent, we always recommend that you tell the officer you want to contact your defense attorney first. Contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252. The police cannot keep you there unless they arrest you but we recommend talking to an attorney before leaving without the officer’s permission.