Few situations on the road are as nerve-wracking as seeing those red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. Being pulled over can be confusing and intimidating, and if you don’t behave properly, it could lead to financial penalties or even an arrest.
The team at the Law Office of James Medows wants to help you remain safe and avoid trouble whenever you are dealing with the police. Below, we offer some important information on how to handle a traffic stop.
When you see the police officer’s lights behind you, pull over and turn your vehicle off as soon as you are able to safely do so. Once the officer has reached your vehicle, roll down your window and wait for him or her to request your license and registration. Don’t make any sudden movements or reach for anything out of sight unless the officer prompts you to do so.
Although you may be frustrated, a big part of knowing how to handle a traffic stop is always remaining calm, polite, and level-headed. Often, reacting angrily or belligerently gives the police officer justification to write you a more severe ticket or, if he or she feels you are being dangerous, place you under arrest. Comply with the officer’s directions to the best of your ability, and remain in your vehicle at all times, unless the officer asks you to exit the car.
In some cases, you may get the feeling that the traffic stop isn’t being performed by an actual police officer. If you believe you are not dealing with a professional, ask the officer in question to supply you with proof that he or she is a member of the police force. This may include his or her badge and picture identification.
If you have received a traffic ticket in a New York traffic stop, don’t hesitate to contact the attorneys at the Law Office of James Medows. Our team knows how to handle traffic stops and how to protect victims who were treated unfairly or punished without just cause.
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