What to Do When You Have Been Stopped by the Police—Part Three

Tips to Minimize the Consequences of a Traffic Stop


Let’s face it…when you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror, it’s difficult not to get nervous. But you can do a lot to minimize the consequences of a traffic stop. Here are some simple steps to take:


As the officer walks up to your car, take a few deep breaths, so that you’re more relaxed. Remember that the officer may be nervous, too. A traffic stop can be dangerous and many police officers have been seriously injured or killed in what appeared to be routine traffic stops.

Exercise Your Right to Say as Little as Possible

Don’t try to guess why the officer pulled you over and don’t try to defend yourself. The less you say, the better, as a general rule. Let the officer initiate the conversation and, without being rude, answer the questions as briefly as you can. Remember, anything you say can and most likely will be used against you. If you talk too much, you may give the officer the impression that you’re trying to hide something, or you may say something that annoys the officer or suggests that you’re engaged in something illegal.

You’re Not in Court—Don’t Try to Argue with the Officer

If you dispute the officer’s judgment, you’ll only succeed in offending him or her. Be honest and responsive, but don’t be belligerent or argumentative…there’ll be a time for that, when you go to court. In most instances, when you try to persuade the officer not to give you a ticket, you’ll only sound insincere or critical of the officer

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