If you are stopped by police in your vehicle, it is important to understand appropriate behavior when dealing or communicating with law enforcement. Remember that although police misconduct may occur at various types, the aim of law enforcement is to protect the general welfare of society. Therefore, when interacting with police officers, respectful behavior and compliance are essential. The following tips may be useful when and if your vehicle is stopped.
Columbus Vehicular Stops
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Appropriate Methods of Conduct in Columbus Traffic Stops
- When the police first approach your vehicle, remember to keep your hands where the police can see them, on the steering wheel.
- Never run or resist, and never touch a police officer, even if you firmly believe in your innocence.
- At the police officer’s request, you must provide your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.
- At the police officer’s request, you must provide your name, address, and date of birth. However, you may refuse to answer any other questions without first consulting an attorney.
- If the police request to search your vehicle, never consent.
- If the police believe that criminal activity is taking place or that there is evidence of a crime in the vehicle, your car can be searched without a warrant.
- If the police believe that anyone in the car is armed and dangerous, they can frisk anyone in the vehicle.
- If the police issue you a ticket, you must sign it, even if you believe you are innocent. Otherwise, you may be arrested.
- In the unfortunate event that the vehicle stop results in your arrest, the police may search any areas of your vehicle that they believe may contain evidence relevant to your arrest.
- Never tell the police that they are wrong or that you plan to file a complaint against them. Simply remember the officer’s name and badge number. As soon as possible, write down everything you remember from your arrest.
- Miranda Rights:
- Never make any statement regarding the incident in which you may be involved. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court,
- You have the right to remain silent. To assert the right, you must clearly inform the police that you would like to exercise it.
- You also have a right to an attorney. To assert the right, you must also clearly inform the police that you would like to exercise your right to speak with an attorney before and/or during questioning.
Joslyn Law Firm | Illegal Traffic Stop Attorney
Contact the Joslyn Law Firm today for a free consultation about your traffic stop in Columbus, Ohio. Brian Joslyn is an experienced traffic charges defense attorney and will help you avoid serious penalties and repercussions arising from your traffic stop. Call the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a consultation about your traffic crime in Franklin County and surrounding counties, including Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County in Ohio.