Know your rights and responsibilities in the eyes of the law when pulled over
Unless you’re very lucky, you’ll probably be pulled over at some point in your adult life. If you live or work in Indianapolis, chances are good that you’ll encounter an Indianapolis police officer during the stop. Before this happens, review these four traffic stop tips. You never know when they’ll come in handy.
1. Pull Over Quickly and Completely
Traffic officers expect drivers to pull over quickly and as far as possible to the right. As soon as you see the police car’s lights flashing, turn on your right blinker and slow to a complete stop on the shoulder of the road. For the officer’s safety, make sure you’re as far as possible to the right.
2. Confirm the Officer’s Identity
If you’re pulled over by an unmarked car, ask to see the officer’s ID or speak with a supervisor. If he or she refuses, contact the local police station or an attorney before answering any additional questions or providing any documents.
3. Don’t Make Sudden or Suspicious Movements
During the stop, ensure that all of your movements are slow and fluid. Otherwise, an officer may fear for his or her safety and arrest you or employ force to subdue you. Also, try not to appear as if you’re hiding anything, including a package of contraband or weapon. If an officer feels that you’re hiding something, he or she may have probable cause to search your car.
4. Don’t Hesitate to Contact an Attorney
If you’re let go with a warning or minor ticket, it’s probably not worth your time to dispute the circumstances and outcome of your traffic stop. However, it’s often worthwhile to fight back against stops that result in serious penalties or criminal charges. To maximize your chances of success in such a fight, contact an experienced attorney who understands the ins and outs of Indiana traffic law and can advise you on how best to proceed.
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Now that you have a better idea of what to do if you’re pulled over, you stand a better chance of orchestrating a favorable outcome in your case. However, it might not be wise to go it alone. If you need any assistance as you dispute the outcome of your traffic stop, we’re ready and willing to provide it. For a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, call us at (317) 842-8283 or use our onsite contact form.