Getting pulled over by the police for a traffic violation can be a nerve-wracking experience, even if you have not knowingly committed an offense. As a result, you may be tempted to say or do things that could either put you in danger or could jeopardize your case. The following outlines steps to prepare and protect yourself in these situations.
As a motorist, it is important to realize the risks officers take every time they approach a stopped vehicle and the behaviors you could engage in that will likely end up escalating the situation. Cyberdrive Illinois, which is sponsored by the Secretary of State, recommends taking the following actions if you see police lights flashing in your rearview mirror:
While you want to comply with the officers’ instructions, it is important to be aware of your rights, as well. You have the right to remain silent and to withhold consent for a vehicle search. However, assert these rights calmly and in a non-confrontation manner and be aware that police are entitled to make a search if they have a warrant or probable cause.
In terms of what not to do, the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) offers these tips:
Engaging in any of these behaviors could put you in danger and could result in additional criminal charges.
Getting a ticket could leave you with heavy fines, higher insurance premiums, and points on your license. Depending on the offense, it could also result in criminal charges. At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C., we defend you against all types of traffic violations. Contact our office today and request a consultation to discuss your case.
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