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What To Do If You are Pulled Over for a Traffic Violation

Posted in Criminal Defense on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

As drivers, we all dread looking in the rear view mirror and seeing flashing lights. A traffic stop can be a major inconvenience and may result in considerable fines and points on your license, depending on the type of traffic violation. However, protecting your rights and your safety should be a top priority. The following are tips to guide you in these situations.  

Interacting With Law Enforcement During a Traffic Stop

Traffic violations in Illinois range from minor infractions to serious offenses that can result in criminal charges. Officers can pull you over for something as simple as having a brake light out or for not signaling before making a turn. The circumstances surrounding the stop and your actions while being ticketed dictate whether the situation will escalate.

As reports of police harassment and officer-involved shootings continue to make headlines across the country, it is important to be aware of what to do during a traffic stop, both to protect your safety and your legal rights. The Illinois Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recommends the following tips:

  • If you notice a police officer behind you with flashing lights or a siren, pull over as soon as possible. Look for a safe, well-lit location away from traffic.
  • Stay seated in the car, with both hands on the steering wheel. DO NOT reach for your identification in your purse, pocket, or glove compartment until instructed to do so by the officer.  
  • Listen carefully to the officer’s instructions. Do not argue, raise your voice, or get confrontational.
  • Be aware that you have the right to remain silent. Be cautious about making statements that could be used against you.
  • If you are presented with a ticket, sign for it. You can still have our attorney contest it in court.
  • You have the right to not consent to a search of the vehicle. However, be aware that if there is a reasonable cause, the officers involved can conduct a search without a warrant.
  • If you are arrested for any reason, request to speak with an attorneys immediately.

Reach Out to Our Illinois Traffic Violations Attorneys

Even an otherwise minor traffic ticket can come with heavy fines and other penalties, while doing damage to your driving record and potentially raising your insurance rates. Reach out and contact Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C. before accepting any pleas or making a payment to find out how our Illinois traffic violation attorneys can help.

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