LawFuel.com – Personal Injury Attorney News – Mesa personal injury attorneys Skousen Gulbrandsen & Patence are experienced car accident lawyers. Their latest blog post reports on being pulled over the by the police and what you should do.
Seeing flashing police lights in your rearview mirror signaling you’re being pulled over can evoke many different feelings in the average driver. Common initial reactions can include fear, panic or even anger. However, reacting in an appropriate manner can play a big part in determining whether you’re let off with a warning, a citation or something more serious that requires the services of an attorney.
Keep in mind that police officers view every traffic stop as a potentially deadly situation. No matter how law-abiding you may be, your observed behavior and demeanor play a large role in how the officer may handle the encounter. Remaining calm, rational and cooperative during the stop can help to set the officer at ease, which may positively how they handle the situation.
The first thing you should do is pull over as soon as you see the police lights. Begin by slowing down and activating your turn signal as a way of acknowledging the officer and showing your intent to comply. Do your best to pull off the road completely.
Make sure to pull off to the right as much as possible to give the officer enough room to approach your vehicle. If the stop occurs on a busy road, it is acceptable to pull off on the first side street or parking lot.
By following these rules and handling the encounter calmly and rationally, you can set the tone for a positive law enforcement encounter. If you do find yourself in need of legal representation as the result of a traffic stop, call The Law Offices of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC at 480-833-8800. Our experienced traffic attorneys will fight for your rights and work for the best possible outcome to your case.