The Police Have Stopped Me, Now What Do I Do? December 12, 2016 | Criminal

Know Your Rights: What to do When Pulled Over by the Police.

The sight of flashing police lights behind you can be quite stressful for sure.  Was I speeding? Do I have anything in my vehicle that I should not have?  Did I have drinks while out at dinner? These and others may be a few thoughts that go through your head.  Rest assured, there is no need to panic, the following tips are provided to allow you to cooperate with law enforcement, while ensuring that you maintain your rights.

  • Try to remain calm, and use your turn signal to pull over to a safe place;
  • Turn off your engine and keep your hands in plain sight at all times;
  • Wait for the officer to speak first, and keep your answers brief;
  • Wait for the officer to request any documentation before retrieving them, and let the officer know where you are retrieving them from;
  • Once your documents are returned, ask the officer if you are free to leave;
  • Do not consent to a search of you or your vehicle.

If you are arrested, you have the right to ask for an attorney and should do so immediately.  Contact the Law Office of Robert Eckard & Associates should you or a loved one need representation.

Darrin Johnson is an associate with the Law Office of Robert Eckard & Associates. Darrin’s practice areas include criminal defense and business litigation.

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