Ever been stopped by the police? If so, you were probably scared. Whether you did something illegal or not, your initial reaction was to clam up, not ask questions and obey orders. Unfortunately, this type of behavior does more harm than good. It’s always important to know the reason why you were pulled over. What you discover effects your future.
It’s your right.
Police officers must inform you of the rational behind pulling you over. As an American citizen, you have a legal right to this information. What’s stated by them may be vague, but should justify their behavior.
You may only get a warning.
The warning could be to replace a taillight or steer clear of a hazard ahead in the road. Police officers routinely disseminate this kind of information. Either way, what you learn is helpful. In addition, you avoid a future fine or automotive repair fee.
Police officers also give out rewards.
Besides handing out tickets, police officers also reward good drivers. These perks come in many forms including money. Finding out what you did right and receiving a reward in return reinforces good driving habits. It also provides you with a fun story to tell at your next dinner party.
At times, you have to say no.
Police officers can’t search your vehicle or being without a reasonable cause or warrant. Knowing when to deny them this luxury is key. It gives you time to contact a lawyer and delays a ride to jail.
A defense case needs a starting point.
The ‘why’ to you being pulled over is where attorneys start in building a defense case against a legal charge. If you are unable to provide this professional with any information, his job becomes harder. Also, less than honorable police officers take advantage of your ignorance and change their stories.
In conclusion, the above is a short list of why it’s important to know the reason you were pulled over. Although the police are paid to enforce order in society, they too must abide by certain rules. So, the next time you’re stopped and asked to show a driver’s license be sure to exercise your right to fully understand what’s behind this action.