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Interacting with Police When Being Stopped

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It happens to all of us. We are going about our day to day business and not paying attention to whether we are breaking any laws or not. Many times we are driving somewhere without noticing the speed limit and end up speeding. We might even be walking in an unsafe part of town at a wrong time. Whatever the reason might be, there is a chance that we get stopped by police. This is not to imply that getting stopped by police is a bad thing, but that this is part of a police officer’s duty. We employ police departments to keep us safe and maintain law and order. So if we are not doing anything illegal, then being stopped by the police should not result in an escalation. This article aims to provide tips for when being stopped by police in order to avoid the need to have someone using Brazoria Bail Bonds to bail you out of jail.

Here we will examine the scenario of being pulled-over in a vehicle. Whenever being stopped by any officer of the law, we should always remember to treat them with respect. We have chosen to fund authorities with our tax dollars in order to keep our communities and cities safe from crime and to have first responders when accidents happen. So keep in mind that the officer approaching your vehicle is doing a service for you. A cordial greeting would be the most appropriate manner to acknowledge their presence.

Next, it is your right and the officer’s duty to notify you why you are being stopped. Many times officers ask the person that is stopped if they know why they have been pulled-over. You do not need to answer this question, but you should also avoid looking like a know-it-all by acting like a lawyer and saying that it is your right not to answer the question. The best answer would be to say that you do not know why you are being pulled over and that your trust that the officer had valid reason to pull you over. Acknowledging that the officer has proper judgement to have stopped you is a great way to show you are a law abiding citizen and that you wish to comply with the officer. This normally leads into either the officer telling you why you were pulled-over or you can follow-up by asking for the reason of the stop. Make sure to avoid asking what you did wrong, as it could imply that you knew you were doing something wrong.

After the officer tells you the reason for being stopped, then you should use your judgement to either deny or accept his judgement without admitting guilt. For traffic violations, it would be best to thank the officer to letting you know what you were doing wrong. Many times if an officer feels that you may have not been aware of the speed limit or if you did not know of a traffic law, then you could possibly get off with only a warning. What is not advisable is to argue with the officer, which will naturally escalate matters.

Regardless of the reason for being pulled over, there are many ways of speaking and interacting with police officers that will result in a positive ending for both parties.