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Offered by Brighton Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

Last month, we discussed tips to avoid being pulled over by law enforcement. This month we will focus on what to do if you are pulled over. Nobody likes to see and hear the lights and sirens directly behind them. But if this does happen to you, immediately signal that you are pulling over. Then pull over as far onto the shoulder as possible.

While being pulled over by law enforcement is stressful, keep in mind that traffic stops are also stressful for law enforcement as they don’t know what they are about to encounter.

As the officer approaches, I would suggest that you keep both hands on the steering wheel until the offi cer approaches your vehicle. You will be required to give the officer your license, registration and insurance. If you have those items in your wallet, purse, or glove compartment, tell the officer that is where those documents are before you attempt to retrieve them.

You do not have to engage in any unnecessary conversation such as answering the question, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” Any admissions you make will be used against you and will most likely appear on the officer’s report.

Be polite, courteous, and professional to the offi cer at all times. Do not argue with the officer. If you want to contest the ticket, you will have that chance in Court at a later date.

If you follow the suggestions that I have outlined above, you will go a long way to making what is never a fun experience go as smoothly as possible.

The information in this column is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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