Call Today for Free Consultation 260.833.7249
Unwavering Commitment to Protecting Your Rights Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Firm

What to do if stopped by law enforcement - Part 1 (Traffic Stop

I'm often asked, "What should I do if i'm stopped by the police?" This raises a host of scenarios where a citizen can have contact with law enforcement officials. I will break down my answers down into the following four scenarios where a citizen may be questioned by law enforcement officers.

a. Traffic Stops

b. At your home

c. If you are arrested

d. If you are questioned on the street.

First, what should you do if stopped by an officer in your car. Many of us have been pulled over by a police officer, whether it was for speeding, suspicion of drunk driving (DUI/OWI) or Driving While Suspended. I suggest the following if pulled over while driving:

1. Stop the vehicle quickly

2. Stop the vehicle in a safe place

3. Provide the officer with driver's license, registration and proof of insurance when asked.

4. Be polite to the officer;

5. Know that you do not have to consent to a search of your vehicle.

6. Know that you have the right to remain silent. Do not state anything that may incriminate you.

In the next blog entry, I will continue answering this question and discuss what you should do if an Officer comes to your home to question you.

If you have questions about your rights, please contact Gregory A. Miller, a Fort Wayne Criminal Lawyer, at (260) 833-7249.