When a police officer pulls you over, there are certain steps you must take to make it easier for you to challenge the ticket in court.
When you hear the siren of the police car signalling for you to pull over, go as far right as possible. Turn your signal light on. Pull over safely and fairly quickly. By doing this, you can easily identify the violations you have committed.
Show some courtesies after you have pulled over. There is nothing really bad that will happen if you show a little respect. You might even gain something out of it.
Here are some of the basic courtesies you must do:
- Roll down your window
- Turn off the engine
- Put both hands on the steering wheel
- Turn on interior light if it is dark
This is very helpful to the police officer, especially because a lot of law enforcers get killed during routine traffic-stops like this.
Don’t go through your back pocket to look for your license or reach for your glove compartment to get your registration, because the police officer might mistake you for reaching for a gun or a weapon.
If you have any doubts that the person who pulled you over is not a police officer, you can ask to see his badge and his photo identification. You can also ask for his supervisor if you have hesitant feelings towards him.
Police officers aren’t normally allowed to search your car. But if he sees you throwing something under your seat or outside the window, that furtive movement gives the officer a right to search your vehicle. If the officer has reasonable suspicion that you might be armed, he could frisk you. The police officer can also seize any illegal object you own in plain view.
To make sure that your rights are properly protected when you get pulled over by a police officer, it is best to consult and hire an attorney.
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