The media has been full of stories lately about traffic stops gone terribly wrong. These tragic incidents have drawn attention to the conduct of both police officers and everyday citizens who get caught up in the heated atmosphere of a run-in with the law.
Thompson Law Office in Lexington is a full-service law firm serving the residents of Central Kentucky; they offer representation for those in need of a criminal attorney, DUI arrests, car and motorcycle accident cases, wrongful death claims, and many other practice areas.
Here, they share three things to do if you're pulled over by a cop:
- Remain Calm When you see those flashing lights, your first instinct is to panic. Try your best to maintain your composure: pull over; close your eyes for a few seconds; and take some deep, calming breaths. Approaching the situation from a place of equanimity will help diffuse tension and keep you focused and prepared.
- Understand Your Rights You’ve heard of the right to remain silent, and this applies to traffic stops just as much as any other encounter with the law. In most states, you must provide your name when asked, as well as your driver's license, car registration, and insurance card; some states require you to answer some rudimentary identifying information if asked. But that's where it stops. You do not have to answer any questions beyond this point, and a simple vocal assertion that you do not wish to answer is sufficient. If you feel your rights have been violated, call Thompson Law Office to discuss the situation.
- If You're Arrested, Call A Lawyer Be aware that refusing to answer questions could potentially lead to your arrest. If this happens, call an attorney right away. Thompson Law Office will help you make sense of any charges you are facing, and they will work to ensure that your civil liberties are respected by the authorities.
Contact Thompson Law Office by calling (859) 280-2222 or visiting their website. You can arrange to meet with an attorney and start building the defense you need to stand up for your legal rights.