Information on Specific Legal Issues:
The information provided in this website is not meant to be construed as legal advice but is merely presented as a public service and for information purposes only. If you are in need of legal advice or representation you should contact the firm of Payson & Gattone.
What to Do When Stopped by the Police
You should give the police your name and identifying information such as your date of birth. Beyond that, you are under no obligation to answer their questions. It is your constitutional right to refuse to answer questions. Invoke your rights!
On occasion you may be pulled over by a law enforcement officer. In this situation please remember the following:
- Pull over in a safe manner and out of the lane of traffic.
- Ask the officer politely the reason why you are being stopped, never guess at the reason for the stop if the officer asks if you know the reason he/she stopped you.
- If the officer is unable to provide you with a legal reason for the stop, such as a driving violation or a equipment problem with your vehicle then the stop may not be legal. If no reason is given ask if you are under arrest and if not ask the officer if you are free to go.
- You do not need to agree to a search of the inside or trunk of your vehicle.
- Never physically resist the officer or try to elude them in your vehicle. This not only presents a danger to you and the officer, but can also lead to serious felony charges.