When you’re driving your car, the last thing you want to see is flashing red and blue lights behind you. Many people who have been pulled over by a police officer know that it can be a frightening experience, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Some people panic and unintentionally make the situation worse. Looking for tips on what to do in this scenario? Read on or reach out to a Mercer County Criminal Defense Lawyer today to learn what to avoid when pulled over by an officer.
SHOULD I STAY IN THE CAR AFTER GETTING PULLED OVER?
Absolutely. If a police officer pulls you over because they believe you to be suspicious, they might be just as nervous as you when approaching your vehicle. The best thing you can do to keep the situation calm is by remaining in your car with your hands on the wheel so that they are visible to the officer. Some people immediately try to reach for their license before the officer says anything, but the officer might think you are reaching for a weapon. The best thing to do to keep the situation calm is by sitting with your hands visible and seatbelt fastened and by waiting for the officer to give you further instructions. Comply by giving the officer any information that they ask for, and the process should run as smoothly as possible.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I AVOID?
You should definitely avoid admitting guilt or saying anything that could incriminate you. For all you know, the police officer could simply be pulling you over for a broken headlight. Don’t speak at all until the officer speaks to you first. The officer will likely ask you what you think you did wrong after they pull you over. The best way to answer is by simply claiming that you don’t know. If you were speeding or driving recklessly, the officer will try to get you to admit to it. Don’t try to argue with the officer either because this could escalate the situation, and you don’t want the officer thinking that you’re a threat. If you’re arrested, the officer could add hostile behavior to your charges if you try to argue with them. Stay calm because even if you are arrested, you can depend on an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you out.
If you were recently pulled over and received criminal charges as a result, you’ll need a talented criminal defense attorney to fight for you. The Law Office of Douglas Herring is on your side! Contact us today for an initial consultation.