Keep interaction as short and pleasant as possible. Officers are trained to look for suspicious activity. Keep both hands on the wheel and do not reach for items before the officer requests them.
If you are stopped remember to stay calm and do not argue or resist. You are not required to consent to any searches. Always give the officer what is required (identification) if you are suspected of illegal activity. Always ask if you are being detained or are you free to leave.
Upon being pulled over by Police
First pull over to a safe spot and stop the car. Make sure you pull over legally and use your blinker. Upon request provide officer with driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance. If officer asks to look inside the vehicle, you can and should refuse consent to search. Both the driver and the passenger have the right to remain silent. The passenger may ask if they are free to leave. Just because an officer makes the request of you, you do not have to submit to the Field Sobriety test. You to not have to give consent to a breath or blood draw. In Texas, refusal of breath, blood, or field sobriety tests, could lead to driver's license suspension and fines and your immediate arrest. If you are arrested be polite and remain silent. Please remember all jail phones are monitored and what you say on the phone can and often will be used against you in court. Always make sure your attorney is aware of all facts of the case.
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