No one is ever prepared for arrest or for getting pulled over by police. In fact, you might have never had a single interaction with authorities. It can be a very intimidating experience, especially if you are in the wrong. The smoother the arrest or the pulling over goes, the better the outcome. We have compiled some tips for you to follow so you can execute a safe interaction with the police.
When You Get Pulled Over
If a cop pulls you over for committing a traffic violation, or even if you believe you did nothing wrong, remain calm and pull aside on the street or at the nearest gas station. Have your driver’s license, vehicle registration number, and proof of insurance handy. You don’t want to spend any more time than you have to with them. If you are in the wrong, simply take the ticket or warning without arguing. Almost all police have dashboard cameras and body cameras, so it’s hard to lie to them when they have proof of the violation. If you believe you are being accused of something wrongfully, you can always take it to court. So, remain respectful during that encounter and simply choose to go to court.
Here are some extra tips for a safe interaction with the police:
- Keep both of your hands on the steering wheel
- Remain in the car unless instructed to go outside
- Always tell the truth or choose to remain silent
- No need to have a conversation, they only need your full name, and then you can state that you choose to remain silent
- Stay calm and passengers too
- Turn on interior lights so they can see you if pulled over at night
- Don’t leave until the police say you can
If You Are Arrested
If you are arrested, you don’t need to give any explanations or excuses. Don’t say anything, sign anything, or make any decisions without an attorney or a lawyer. Say that you wish to remain silent and ask for a lawyer immediately.
You are granted one phone call. Authorities can’t listen if you call a lawyer, but they can if you call anyone else. Be respectful of authorities and don’t resist or obstruct the officers. Remaining silent is your best bet.
Remember your rights during your interaction with the police. You don’t need to consent to authorities searching you or your belongings. They might pat you down if they believe you have a concealed weapon, even if you don’t consent. This objection, however, can help preserve your rights during any later legal proceeding.
You have the right to a government-appointed lawyer if you can’t afford one. You don’t have to answer questions about where you were going, where you were, where you live, etc. And you don’t have to answer if you are a citizen, where you were born, or how you entered the country.
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