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How To Handle A Traffic Stop By Law Enforcement

Posted on : September 27, 2019, By:  J Brian Kelley

Initial Traffic Stop

There is no doubt that seeing a law enforcement vehicle pull up behind you creates stress and anxiety, it can be unsettling and make you nervous.  The important thing is to stay as calm as possible.  You’ll want to pull over to the shoulder or another safe area slowly and indicate that you are cooperating.

You’ll want to keep your hands visible and maintain your composure, no matter how nerve-racking it may be.

It’s important to remember that law enforcement is under a lot of pressure and often, the slightest of movement can cause tension as the officer approaches your vehicle.  You will want to wait for the officer to approach and give you directions as to what they need and when before attempting any movement to gather items ahead of time.  Let the officer guide you as to whether or not he needs your license, registration or identification.  Once the officer has specified what he needs fro


Be Polite, But Don’t Answer Questions

It’s never a good idea to be rude to an officer who has pulled you over. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be chatty either. You can politely decline to answer questions by simply saying, “I have no comment on that.” Legally, you do not have to answer questions without a lawyer present. An officer may attempt to get you to incriminate yourself by asking you if you have had anything to drink, where you’re coming from, or what you’ve been doing.

Arrested? Call a Lawyer Right Away

You may be arrested and taken into custody if the officer who pulled you over suspects a crime, such as drinking and driving. If you’ve been arrested, the most important thing you can do is contact a DUI lawyer as soon as possible. Continue to decline answering questions and reach out to an attorney right away. Call J. Brian Kelley today for a consultation on how to best handle your case at (208) 735-0030.

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