What should I do if I am
stopped and questioned by a police officer after I've been
If you are stopped, you are
probably being videotaped. Be polite and courteous.
Antagonizing the officer invites problems.
Hand the officer your driver's
license and proof of insurance. Do not admit guilt, apologize,
or volunteer information. This is not the time to beg your way
out of a traffic ticket. If you are questioned, respectfully
inform the officer that you will not answer any questions
without an attorney present. REMEMBER, YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT...USE IT!! When he finishes writing the
ticket/warning, ask whether you are free to leave.
If you are free to leave, thank
your lucky stars that you have not learned your lesson the hard
way and be on your way - carefully and lawfully. In the
future, choose the safer route by not driving after drinking and
avoid all this stress. If another person in the car is capable
of driving and hasn't been drinking, let him drive.
If you are told you are not
free to leave, immediately request an attorney, terminate the
interview, and REMAIN SILENT.
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