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How to Survive Getting Pulled Over by Police

Luff Strenfel LLP Sept. 12, 2018

How to Survive Getting Pulled Over by Police

When you are pulled over by a police officer it is very importantthat you remain calm. Most police officers mirror your emotions. If you stay calm then there is a better chance that they will remain calm throughout the encounter.

After you pull over you should turn your engine off and wait for the officer to approach. Turning off the car engine alerts the officer that you cannot drive off while you are talking. Once the officer asks for your license and proof of insurance is when you should get it from your car. If the officer asks you to step out of the vehicle, you must do so. Exit the car and close the door behind you. If at any point the officer asks to search your car, you should say “Officer, I do not consent to any searches”.

These tips should help both you and the officer have a safe encounter. If you or someone you know has been pulled over by the police and you would like to know if your rights were violated please do not hesitate to contact us at