What To Do When Stopped by the Police

Nothing excuses police misconduct and their use of excessive force in any situation. While the world is taking a more concentrated look at racism and our nation moves for systematic changes in how we are policed; everyday interactions with police are still occurring. So keep these things in mind:

  • When signaled by an officer, safely pull over to a place that is not in the flow of traffic.

  • Keep your hands visible on the steering wheel. If you have passengers, ask them to make their hands visible by placing them on the dashboard or headrests.

  • It may help to communicate your actions in advance by telling the officer what you will be doing before you move. Communicate nothing else. There is no law that requires you to answer any questions posed by the police. You have the right to remain silent.

  • If it is night and you believe it is in your best interest, turn on your inside light when you pull the car over.

  • Do not get out of your car unless the officer asks you to step out. The police generally have the authority to ask a driver and/or passengers to step out of the vehicle while investigating a crime.

  • You may ask why you are being detained and ask to see the officer’s identification.

  • If requested, you must give the officer your driver’s license and vehicle registration. Tell the officer where it is before reaching for it – especially if it is tucked away in the glove box, some unusual place, or any other place, not in plain view.

If you believe your rights were violated during a routine traffic stop contact Great Lakes Legal Group today!


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