Getting pulled over by the police can be nerve-racking. People often feel stressed, especially if they’re worried about getting a DUI or something of this nature.
But you need to be very careful when dealing with the police. Not only is there an inherent level of risk, but you also don’t want to escalate things so that you’re facing more serious charges. Here are some tips that can help.
Only reach for items when asked
You may know that the officer is going to ask you for your license and registration. But some experts recommend waiting until the officer makes that request to actually reach for it. You don’t want the officer to believe you’re reaching for something else as they walk up to the car.
Stay in the vehicle
You also want to stay in your car during a traffic stop, unless instructed to get out. For instance, the police officer may ask you to get out to do field sobriety tests. But do not simply get out on your own, which can appear aggressive or combative.
Remember that you can ask for a supervisor
If you feel like the situation is unraveling or becoming slightly dangerous for you, you do have the right to ask for a supervisor. You may feel more comfortable talking to another officer. While you are allowed to make this request, though, it’s important to note that a supervisor may not always be available.
Overall, just try to be polite and avoid doing anything to make your situation worse. You certainly don’t have to incriminate yourself or answer any questions the police ask, beyond identifying yourself. Make sure you know about all the legal steps you should take if you do face arrest.