What Protocol Should Someone Follow During A Traffic Stop?
Pullover safely to the right. I really can’t emphasize that point enough. So many people don’t know what to do when they’re being pulled over. The biggest suggestion is to use common sense and please don’t stop your vehicle in the middle of the roadway. Other than that, pull over safely to the right, use your turn signals, slow down safely, and if possible, pull into a nearby parking lot. Police officers are constantly in danger of being hit by passing cars. This is why there’s been such a significant emphasis on the move over law in Washington State.
Should I Accept The Ticket On The Spot Or Ask The Officer For The Reason I Was Ticketed?
Something that I try to tell clients when they ask this question is, “don’t be memorable”. Don’t be a jerk or cuss out the officer. I understand that you’re frustrated but you need to be polite, hold yourself together, and be cooperative when giving the officer your license, registration, and insurance. With that said, it’s imperative that you never admit guilt. One misconception is that the officer is required to show you the radar before they give you a ticket. They are not required to do so and generally will not. To reiterate, don’t be memorable to where the cop is going to remember your case. You want to be one of the numbers of tickets that they write each month and you don’t stick out in any way, shape, or form.
Does An Officer Have To Tell Me Exactly Why He Or She Stopped Me?
Technically, they’re not required by law but usually will. It doesn’t hurt to ask politely. Once again, it’s crucial not to admit guilt. Most times, officers will approach a vehicle and question an individual, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” They’re trying to see if you will incriminate yourself. It’s always best to not answer any questions in regards to something that may incriminate or hurt your case if you decide to fight it down the road.
What Questions If Any Should I Answer When Stopped By Police?
Only questions that won’t incriminate yourself. Police officers know why they pulled you over. They don’t necessarily care if you know. More than likely the reason they ask is in hopes that you say something such as, “Yes officer. Sorry, I was speeding,” and then you give an excuse that that’s not going to work. At the end of the day, they’re trying to strengthen their case. Your statement will be in the report and eventually used against you. Once you’ve admitted guilt you make it a lot tougher for a traffic ticket attorney or yourself to get that ticket dismissed in a contested hearing. The only questions you should ask or answer are things once again that won’t incriminate yourself, such as: your name and address. Don’t admit to any traffic violation.
What Information Should I Gather At The Scene If I Decide To Fight My Traffic Ticket?
There are not many things needed to fight most tickets. Traffic ticket attorneys beat tickets on technical issues. It sounds strange but the facts in most circumstances don’t matter too much. The reasons surrounding why you were speeding for example, are called mitigating factors. The mitigating factor is not going to result in a dismissal of the infraction. It may lower the fine with the judge, but it’s not a valid defense for speeding. This statement doesn’t always hold; especially for accident cases. If you’re involved in an accident it’s still good to take pictures of the damage to both vehicles. Get good photos of the area where the accident occurred.
This will help your traffic ticket case and your claim with your insurance company. In special circumstances limited to stop signs, speed limit signs, or other traffic control devices are blocked or obscured it makes sense to get a picture or video of the sign. Ideally, this should be done the same day that you are pulled over. If you didn’t do it the same day, it would be good to do it the next day
For more information on Protocol To Follow During a Traffic Stop, a free case evaluation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling 253-201-2001 today.
Call Now For A Free Case Evaluation