TIps for new drivers when pulled over by the police.
You know what kind of person you are, the police officer does not.
Assume the officers is just as apprehensive about what is going to happen when they approach your vehicle. Turning on your interior light is a good idea. By turning on the light, you are allowing the officer to see what you are doing when retrieving your license and registration. This also makes it easier for a dash cam to document your actions. This can be useful in a court proceeding.
Pull over immediately.
When you notice blue lights in your mirror, pull over as soon as possible. If pulling over immediately is not a safe move, at a minimum, turn on your hazards. Remember, the officer has to be able to approach your vehicle safely. The important thing is to forecast to the officer what you are going to do if you are not stopping immediately. Remember the prior tip.
If it feels good to say or do, dont!
When responding to a police officer, even if they are rude or you feel the accusation is wrong, always be polite. Officers write many citations every day. They often note on the officer's copy of the citation if a driver is polite and cooperative. However, if the driver is rude or argumentative, the officer will definitely notate the rudeness which may effect how the citation is treated by the prosecutor. You will make your attorney's job a lot easier if you are polite. Also, do not get out of your vehicle unless the officer directs you to do so.
The side of the road is not a courtroom. This is not the forum to argue your case. Arguing with a police officer will invariably make your case harder to resolve. A common mantra of law enforcement is, "I have never been talked out of writing a ticket, but I have been talked into writing many." The point is that the level of proof needed to write a citation is different from the level of proof needed to convict. You cannot fight your arrest on the street, be polite and wait for you court date to fight for your rights.
Always consult with an attorney!
Many people make a mistake in resolving their legal matters without consulting an attorney. Such a mistake can result in increased costs for insurance as well as loss of driving privileges. Very few legal situations are so bad that nothing can be done to help. Don't make the mistake of guessing the best solution to your problem, it is always cheaper to fix a problem than to correct the wrong resolution.
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