Have you ever been pulled over by a police officer while driving? Your heart might race, and you may feel flustered, nervous, or angry.
But remember that the officer approaching your car doesn’t know whether you pose a threat, so it helps to respond to the situation as calmly as you can.
Follow these steps to stay safe!
First: Know Your Rights
You have the right to remain silent though in some states, you may have to state your name if asked. If you choose silence, inform the officer of your choice.
You don’t have to consent to a search of your car or belongings. If you don’t consent, tell the officer. They still might conduct the search but if any evidence is found, it will be better for you legally if you don’t agree to it. Note: the officer is allowed to pat you down if they suspect a weapon.
If you’re arrested, you have the right to an attorney. One can be appointed to you if you can’t afford one.
What To Do When The Officer Is Approaching Your Car
Turn off the car
Turn on the internal light
Roll down your window
Put your hands on top of the steering wheel, where they can be seen
Start looking around for your license and registration until requested by the officer
Make a move to hide any items
What To Do After The Officer Has Approached You
Let the officer speak first
Try to stay calm, be polite, and cooperate
Show your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance, if requested
Keep your answers brief and simple to avoid incriminating yourself
Make sudden movements
Reach into your glove compartment or purse/bag before telling the officer you’re about to do so
You're pulled over and the officer approaches your car. Which is an example of a good first step you can take?
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