Actions to take when being pulled over

Getting pulled over while driving is never anyone sets out to do or welcomes as an unexpected occurrence in their day but nevertheless it is something that is bound to happen at some time or another they key to it however being just a nuisance as opposed to an escalated issue is how you respond to the requests asked of you but at the same time understand your rights. In order to help with this, here is a breakdown

Stay in the vehicle

When an officer comes to your vehicle they don’t know what to expect so they are looking to make sure that they are protected and you feel safe as well. In order to do this, it is best to stay in the vehicle unless specifically told to exit so that there is not any threat and the officer can go about asking whatever questions they need to ask.

Stay still or announce any major movements

So the officer does not misinterpret anything, it is important to not make any sudden movements or if you need to just politely announce what you are doing such as pulling out your wallet etc. This way the officer knows what you are doing and there won’t be worry about any sudden threats.

Be Respectful

As with most situations, being respectful and courteous will get you farther then being abrasive and angry. It’s understandable that this is not an ideal situation but staying calm will help to ensure a speedier process through the whole experience and may even help get you off with a warning in some cases as opposed to a ticket.

Understand Your Rights

As we have previously discussed, it is vital to stay calm and respectful but at the same time it is also important to know and understand you rights. While you should comply with requests for license and registration or if an officer asks you to exit a vehicle you also have the right to decline searches without a warrant or answering what you may think are leading questions without a lawyer present. While doing this it is best to stay even tempered but you do have the right to stand up for yourself if need be.

In the end most times when being pulled over it will be a non-event especially if you follow the advice above. When defenses are up trouble can occur so it is just best to maintain a calm and cool attitude.

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