How Should People Deal with Police For Traffic Violations?
Always Have Your Insurance And License In a Handy Place
It is a good idea for people to always have their driver’s license and insurance card ready. A good idea is to just have it clipped to the visor, so that if you are ever pulled over, it is easily accessible and you would not have to fumble around to find it, therefore possibly making an approaching officer nervous.
Always Be Polite To Police Officers
People should always be polite to police officers, and when in doubt try to say less, not more. On the back of my cards is advice in how to politely refuse to answer any further questions or consent to any searches. However, you would have to identify yourself and step out of the vehicle if asked by an officer but that is it.
Once you have done this, you can ask the officer if you are free to go. If the answer is no, then you should politely tell the officer you have been instructed by an attorney not want to say anything further. You could then present your attorney’s card which would explain all that.
It can be hard for some people to say little to nothing at all. A lot of people think they can just talk their way out of a ticket. That’s typically not the case.
Keep Your Answers Short And Concise To Give The Police Less Evidence Against You
The golden rule, of course, is to just be polite. The second rule would be brevity, or answering as little and as possible. You should try not to create problems. People need to realize that not only would the police officer be equipped with a gun, a taser and teargas, but they would also have the discretion to as to whether or not to let a person go or not.
They have the complete discretion to decide what to charge you with and how much of a hassle they want to pose to you.
If police ask if they can search your car, you should just politely say, no instead of explaining to the police officer you know their rights and then reading off the articles of the constitution. Nobody likes a know-it-all and if you are acting as such, it can make matters worse depending on the officer.
It would always be better to just be polite. Police officers mark on the ticket how a person has treated them, whether the person had been rude to them, or whether they had been very polite and cooperative. It may influence what the prosecutor offers and what the judge ultimately sentences you to as well.
You Should Follow Some Golden Rules To Avoid Trouble With The Police
Obviously, the golden rule would be to not get pulled over if you could avoid it. People should look out for simple things such as making sure headlights, taillights, turn signals and the license plate lights are working. This eliminates some common reasons police would have to pull you over in the first place.
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