Blue Lights in the Rearview Mirror
September 26th, 2012
It is inevitable if you drive that you will at some point have an interaction with the police. This experience is stressful enough; do not make it worse. When stopped, make sure to do the following:
1-Pull over as soon as possible and in a safe manner.
2-Be polite and cooperative. In court the police will often remind a judge or District Attorney that you were “polite and cooperative”.
3-Be quiet; anything you say literally can and will be used against you. So do not say anything. Let your attorney speak for you. The officer is taking notes; it will all come out in the future.
4-Keep your hands on the steering wheel, and unless instructed to do so do not get out of the car.
5-Keep your passengers quiet. The peanut gallery is almost never helpful.
6-Never try to bribe an officer.
7-Smile.... you are likely being filmed. Many police cars and almost all Highway Patrol vehicles have cameras and/or microphones recording the event.
Attorney Mark Warren practices Criminal Defense Law and can assist you if you have received a citation. Call 252-338-4151 or 252-435-2811