How to avoid being arrested when you are pulled over
Reduce The Chance Of A Routine Stop Becoming An Arrest
We have all been there. Driving down the road when you see the lights in your rearview mirror. No one is expecting to be pulled over but there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of stress of these situations and reduce the likelihood of a routine stop escalating to an arrest.
First off the best way to not be arrested is to never get pulled over in the first place. Here are a few tips on how to avoid a potentially bad situation.
Avoiding being stopped
Never drink and drive. It’s simple, if you don’t drive while drunk you will avoid ever getting a DUI. Call a cab, set up a designated driver, or use Uber to get home. Bottom line, getting behind a wheel after drinking increases your chances of being arrested, or worse getting into an accident by 100%
Make sure you pay all fines and show up to any court dates associated with a ticket issued in your name. Once you have been charged with a crime or offense, make sure to follow through with the appropriate steps laid out in the ticket or court order. By avoiding or ignoring a ticket or payment towards an offense, a warrant for your arrest may be issued. Never ignore these, they won’t go away and they will get worse with time.
Avoid speeding, swerving and other minor traffic infraction. By simply going the speed limit and following traffic laws, a large majority of crimes and infractions can be avoided. Many police will find crimes being committed only because they were pulled over for running a red light or stop sign. To avoid being arrested or gaining more charges, just follow traffic laws.
Okay these are all great tips to help keep you on the road and out of an officer’s spotlight, but what if you are pulled over? What can you do to reduce your chances of being arrested?
Once you’re stopped.
Always be courteous and polite. A bit of class and respect will take you far in life. If you are rude or insulting chances are the officer will be more inclined to search you or your vehicle to find a reason to bring you in. The reverse is true. Being polite can reduce his or her desire to find some reason to escalate the situation.
Resist every request of the officer until you’re forced to obey. Do not ever resist physically, but as politely as possible decline the officer’s request for information that may incriminate you. Do not let them search your vehicle without a warrant. Do not offer additional information you feel may be helpful, and do not fill the awkward silence with conversation. If the officer becomes upset and brings you in you will not be in trouble unless you are charged with a crime.
Do not answer questions. No matter what an officer tells you, you are never compelled to speak to the police or answer their questions without a lawyer present. You may think that being helpful and answering questions can help your cause. It won’t and will only open you up to potential problems where something you said made the officer suspicious and causes him or her to take further actions against you.
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