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3 costly mistakes to avoid during traffic stop

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2022 | Criminal Law |

Law enforcement will seldom pull you over out of the blue. If they do, it is normal to feel rather anxious and concerned. You are probably worried about the offense for which the police are stopping you and the potential consequences.

Knowing what to do and the mistakes to avoid during traffic stop can greatly impact the outcome of your interaction with the police. Here are some of the things you need to avoid when pulled over.

Being nervous

Even if you haven’t done anything wrong, being pulled over can be unsettling. And your nervousness can send a number of messages to law enforcement. First, they may think you are in possession of something illegal in your car. Or, they may think you are drunk driving. Either can result in a lethal response from the police.

Being rude

You may be in America, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” But freedom and bravery have limits. Being rude to a police officer who is dutifully doing their job can escalate a situation and complicate matters for you. And if the police appear to cross the line, do not fight them. Instead, raise the matter with your legal counsel. Do not fight with law enforcement. Be calm when stopped, respect law enforcement and let them do their work.

Incriminating yourself

It is important to remember that what you say during the stop can be used against you should you end up in court. Of course, during the stop, the police will often ask for your license and registration. You need to comply with these demands. However, if the police ask if you have been drinking prior to driving, do not affirm this. Admitting that you have been drinking could lead to a DUI investigation.

Knowing the mishaps to avoid during a traffic stop can help you protect your rights and avoid potential trouble with the police.