Nobody wants to have the police pull them over while driving, but it pays to prepare yourself for just such an occasion. Even if the police had probable cause to pull you over, saying the wrong thing at a traffic stop can make matters much worse for you, which is why it pays to know how to talk to the police during a traffic stop. Here are a few tips to follow the next time the police pull you over:
Less is more
Because saying too much can cause problems for you, it can be a good idea to let the police do most of the talking. Keep your answer short and stay on topic. You do not need to overshare unrelated information with the police.
You have the right to say “no”
If the police ask to search your vehicle and do not want them to, tell them that you do not consent to a search in no uncertain terms. If you are even remotely unclear about whether or not you allow the police to search your vehicle, they may take advantage of your response and search anyway.
Alert the police to your firearm
If you have a concealed carry license and have your firearm in the vehicle, the law requires you to immediately inform the police officer of your weapon during a traffic stop. If you have a weapon in your vehicle, keep your hands in plain sight at all times, and be sure not to make any sudden movements.
Agitating the police with offensive or insulting statements will not benefit your position. If you believe that the police are violating your rights or breaking the law, stay silent and wait for your opportunity to speak with an attorney. Talking to a lawyer can do more good than insulting the police could ever do.
Attitude is everything
The way you speak to police can influence their behavior and actions at a traffic stop. Remaining courteous while giving concise answers can help you avoid long traffic stops, traffic tickets, or even an arrest. Do not let your emotions get the best of you during a traffic stop, and make sure that you are only speaking for your benefit.