Police Encounters 101 – Pulled Over By An Officer

Police Encounters 101 – Pulled Over By An Officer

Police Encounters 101 – Pulled Over By An Officer

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Your first instinct may to be to try and talk your way out of the ticket or offense when you see flashing lights in your mirror. Some tips can ensure that your rights are protected when you’re pulled over, however. With over 30 years’ trial experience, Attorney Alexander Schwartz is skilled at defending people from crimes stemming from traffic stops, including DUIs. If you need criminal defense in the Stamford or Southport, Connecticut areas, the Alexander Schwartz Law Firm can help.

Know the Basics

Put your car in park and turn off the ignition before the officer even gets to your car. You should also turn on the interior light if it is nighttime. Put your hands on the steering wheel to ensure that the officer can see them. Although it may seem like a good idea to immediately look for your license and registration, do not do so until you’re asked. The officer may assume you are reaching for a weapon instead, which could result in unintended consequences.

What Should You Say?

Remain polite and let the officer do most of the talking. Don’t get defensive about why you were stopped. Keep your answers short. The officer may behave as though he’s going to let you off with a warning or that he’s willing to discuss your infraction, but in most cases he is just hoping that you will say something that can be used against you in court. This may include admitting to the violation. Answer with yes or no answers, or say something like, “Hmmm, “I see,” or “I understand.”

Searches of Cars

Many people believe they have no choice but to consent to a search of their vehicles when they’re stopped. If you consent, it becomes more difficult to get the evidence obtained in the search deemed inadmissible in court. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees you the right of freedom from unlawful search and seizure, an officer may search your care only under certain circumstances. If an officer sees contraband or weapons in plain view, he can search the car. Other reasons include safety issues, such as to gain control of weapons, preservation of evidence, or probable cause that the car contains evidence of a crime. If you are arrested, a search incident to arrest is also allowed, or if the officer must do an inventory search before the car is impounded, listing all the items in the car.

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