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Interacting with Police During a Traffic Stop

20 Tips for Interacting with Police During a Traffic Stop

20 Tips for interacting with Police Officers during a Traffic Stop

  1. Immediately pull over to the right. If possible, pull over in a well-lit area that is immediately available and free from other traffic.
  2. Put your vehicle in park, roll down your window and turn off the ignition.
  3. If it is nighttime, turn on the interior light.
  4. Do NOT attempt to run or flee the scene
  5. Remain seated and do not attempt to get out of the car
  6. Do not make any sudden movements
  7. Keep your hands where the police can see them. If you must reach for your ID or insurance, inform the officer before moving your hands.
  8. Comply with the officers request for identification and proof of insurance
  9.  If you are lawfully carrying a weapon, disclose it to the officer.
  10. IF an officer gives you a ticket, sign it. It is not an admission of guilt
  11. Do not argue with the officer: Anything you say can be held against you       

 

 

12. Do NOT ignore the officer

13. Answer any questions to the best of your ability

14. If the officer asks you to get out of the vehicle, immediately comply with the officers request

15. Do NOT touch the officers weapon

16. Do NOT resist arrest

17. Confirm with the officer that you are free to go before starting your car and pulling off.

18.  If you are arrested, clearly and immediately ask for a lawyer. Repeat your request for a lawyer as many times as necessary

19. Do not discuss the incident with the officer or anyone else until you have spoken with a lawyer

20. If you feel the officer is exceeding his authority   or otherwise mistreating you, remember the officers badge number, write down the details of the incident as soon as possible and make a complaint via local law enforcement non-emergency hotline.                                                     

 

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