Whether you were legally pulled over or not, you can minimize the consequences of a traffic stop. Read on to understand how.
1. You should understand your rights to ensure your own protection.
2. Try to make the officer feel safe, and not angry or suspicious during the stop.
3. Do not break the law. If the police are following you with their lights on, pull over in a safe place as soon as possible. Not stopping may mean admitting guilt.
4. Avoid provoking the officer.
5. Once you stop, turn off the engine; roll down your window and place your hands on the steering wheel. These things show respect and that you do not intend to cause any harm.
6. An officer may request to search your vehicle. After giving permission to an officer to search your car, you cannot claim that the search was illegally conducted. You have the right to refuse a search and this refusal cannot be used against you in court.
7. But there are various ways for an officer to legally conduct a vehicle search, without your consent, for example if an illegal object is in “plain view”.
8. Stay calm if you’re pulled over by the police. Be respectful and make the officer feel safe.
9. Lastly, if you have been arrested and you think that the officer performed an illegal search, get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you.