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3 costly mistakes to avoid during a traffic stop

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

No matter how great of a driver you are, traffic mistakes are inevitable. If you are caught committing a traffic offense, law enforcement may pull you over for a little chat. And depending on the seriousness of the violation, you might walk away with a simple warning or a ticket that will require you to appear in court on a specified date.

What you do both during and after the stop can impact the outcome of your case. Here are three mistakes that you’ll want to steer clear of during a traffic stop.

Talking too much

Even if you believe you have done nothing wrong, it is not uncommon to feel nervous during a traffic stop. Some drivers end up sharing too much information and even attempt to strike a deal with the officer. However, this can be a costly mistake. During the stop, be sure to maintain your composure and remember that the law protects you from self-incrimination.

Arguing with law enforcement

It is important that you are respectful to law enforcement. If they ask for your driver’s license, show it to them. Even if you believe the police are violating your rights, do not fight back. Instead, document the violation and take it up with your legal counsel.

Failing to fight the ticket

Can’t you just pay the fine and get the matter over with? Of course, you can. But this is not a brilliant idea. You have a legal right to fight a traffic ticket. Keep in mind that even after paying the fine, you will still end up with violation points on your record and a likely increase in your insurance premiums, neither of which is ideal.

Protecting your rights

Getting pulled over for a traffic violation can inspire you to act in panic mode. However, familiarizing yourself with your legal options can help you fight the violation and receive a positive outcome for your case.