In a perfect world, no one would ever need to know how to conduct themselves when they gain the attention of law enforcement. However, in the real world, it is crucial to understand your rights and obligations during a traffic stop.
If you remember nothing else, remember the following three tips about what to do when pulled over by law enforcement.
1. Remain Pleasant
The old saying “You win more flies with honey” applies here. Be polite in your interactions with law enforcement, listen attentively, follow their directions, and avoid making any sudden movements. Acting defensive and engaging in arguments will only heighten tensions and escalate the situation. Chances are you are on a body camera or dash camera, and the prosecution can use the footage to build a case against you.
2. Be Honest But Don’t Answer Every Question
Telling lies may seem like a shortcut at the moment, but it will come back to harm you. Instead of lying about how many drinks you have had or where you are headed to and from, politely decline to answer potentially incriminating questions.
3. Save Your Talking for Your Lawyer
You will not be able to talk your way out of your predicament, and the “field sobriety test” circus act is designed to make you look like a clumsy fool. Your first action should be to use your phone to call an experienced OWI defense lawyer who can sort out your defense options.