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How Do I Handle a Police Traffic Stop?

asked Sep 23 '10 at 19:07

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  1. Sit back in seat.
  2. Hit the wheel with hand.
  3. Politely wait for the office to talk to you.
  4. Swear to yourself while he makes out the ticket.
  5. He sends you on your merry way.
  6. You're in a bad mood the rest of the day.

answered Sep 23 '10 at 19:12

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edited Sep 24 '10 at 17:52

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That's a good dose of what's called REALITY...

Basically bend over and like it! :D

(Or of course go to jail if you want.)

(Feb 20 '11 at 12:03) _GTech _GTech's gravatar image

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Chris Rock's advice on what not to say to the cops > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArCveCHexqg

answered Sep 23 '10 at 19:14

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First of all...know/live your Miranda rights. Part of this is you have a right to remain silent. This means...keep your mouth shut. Treat the officer with respect...but try to keep your answers as close to "yes" or "no" as possible. Even small talk is dangerous...since the police have been known to use recording devices under seats and such.

Never...EVER give permission for a search. They want to do a search...they can go to a judge and get a piece of paper called a search warrant. It's spelled out in the Constitution. You may get searched anyway...but screaming about never having given permission for a search makes sure you know your rights. Knowing is almost the whole battle.

answered Sep 24 '10 at 13:40

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Sorry to disagree with you, Phoo. Lovely idea. And while they are at the court looking for the judge, they can find some way to hold you, maybe on the spot or impound your vehicle. Play nice and if your worried about that bag of weed under the seat,pray and hope he doesn't have a dog. Just be cool, and hope you have some resources if he finds it. But don't pull that Miranda shit on a routine traffic stop or if you're busting the speed limit. That creates a probable cause situation and then he can search your vehicle, at least that's the way it is in the US. This ain't TV.

(Sep 24 '10 at 14:33) NoncDavid NoncDavid's gravatar image

The officer can't search your car unless they're given consent by a judge or yourself.

(Sep 24 '10 at 16:12) recck recck's gravatar image

The right to remain silent means that you don't have to answer any of their questions, But, treating an officer with respect isn't a bad a idea.

(Feb 20 '11 at 10:35) Mab879 Mab879's gravatar image

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Trunk Monkey: Cop Stop Feature > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JutCjbmcq7s

answered Sep 24 '10 at 16:27

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edited Sep 24 '10 at 18:12

That works too.. :D

(Feb 20 '11 at 12:03) _GTech _GTech's gravatar image

I usually walk up to the drivers window and ask him nicely to produce his licence, then I explain what offence he has committed and if required issue him with a ticket! All with a smile and compassion!

answered Sep 23 '10 at 19:15

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Man, just tell him to piss off,roll up the window and peel out. Seriously - pull over,play nice and remember this about cops: They are never wrong. .

answered Sep 23 '10 at 20:26

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For further info go to www.azraklaw.com and select current newsletter then select Spring 2009. On the bottom of page 2 is an article from a lawyer.

This answer is marked "community wiki".

answered Sep 24 '10 at 14:12

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In addition to article if ANYONE has a municipal court issue (traffic citation etc.) call our office at 973-839-9062 for assistance.

answered Sep 24 '10 at 14:15

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Somehow another I just don't think a Jersey attorney can help a guy in California with a speeding ticket.

(Sep 24 '10 at 15:19) NoncDavid NoncDavid's gravatar image

Some people will tell you not to offer any information to an officer, simply reply with yes sir and no sir. I agree with that, to a degree, but as a firearm permit holder, I always alert an officer that I am carrying. There are other things that you may just want to give the officer a heads up about - and in some states they are required.

Don't confess to anything. If the officer asks "Do you know why I pulled you over" don't say "Well, I blew through that stop sign a mile back, and then pulled a handbrake turn to get through the next intersection." You may have been pulled over for a busted taillight, but now you're on your way to a lost license. Just say "no sir" and let him tell you. Trust me, he will.

Have your paperwork handy, preferably in as few places as possible. Police tend to get nervous when you go digging in hard-to-see compartments in your vehicle - and with good reason. If you keep your registration, license, and other paperwork readily available, you can put the officers mind at ease.

Save arguments for the courtroom. Be respectful during the stop, and wait til your court date to argue your case. I've had officers not show up for the court hearing - a win for the driver, in my state, and I've also had officers who showed up for the hearing, but recalling how respectful I was at the stop, knock the ticket down before I even got before the judge. This twice saved me from points on my license, although I still got stuck with the fine.

answered Feb 20 '11 at 13:26

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edited Feb 20 '11 at 13:27

Never consent to a search, never admit to anything, unless you have a ccw and are carrying - tell the cop right away, they know if you have a permit. Try to answer questions with another question example; 'do you know why pulled you over?' No, officer, why did you pull me over? "well, you were doing 150.' Was I doing a 150? lather, rinse, repeat.

Don't forget to be polite.

answered May 14 '11 at 23:37

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