An estimated 26 million drivers every year are pulled over for a traffic stop, and roughly half of those stops result in a ticket or fine. It is going to happen sooner or later to most of us – we will be pulled over by an officer for a traffic violation. And what you say and do in the few moments after being stopped can affect the outcome of your case. Here are a few tips to help make your roadside stop a relatively easy-going experience.
- Once you stop, do not open your door or try to get out of your vehicle unless directed to do so by the officer. Keep your hands in sight, preferably on the steering wheel.
- Have your license and registration ready to hand to the officer if needed.
- If you have a gun or any other type of weapon in your vehicle, immediately tell the officer. Always be polite and respectful, Remember, the officer is a human being like all of us. Always remain respectful and cooperative no matter how he treats you. What you say and do will be repeated to the judge.
- If you have a reason for your violation, tell the officer what it is. Do not argue with the officer in order to avoid a ticket. Never use profanity or lose your temper. Remain pleasant even after you receive your summons.
- A good attitude could result in your not being charged, at best, or at the very least, the officer will inform the judge that you were cooperative. When you have a moment in court to further explain the violation the officer will confirm it since you told him or her at the time you received the summons.
What you do at the scene of a traffic stop can affect your case in the future. But there are other factors as well – if you need assistance with any traffic violation, DUI charge, traffic accident, or personal injury matters, don’t hesitate to call The Decker Law Firm.
The Decker Law Firm knows the criminal justice system, and we can point out all your options. Our long history and experience in criminal traffic violations and drunk driving charges can make the difference in the resolution of your individual traffic situation. Call The Decker Law Firm right now at 757-622-3317.