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All humans have a physiological reaction to things that frighten them. It is called the fight or flight response. When someone comes across something that scares them or stresses them out, their body prepares to either fight the threat or flee from it. When you hear police sirens and you see flashing blue and red lights behind you, fleeing is the worst possible thing you can do. Stopping for police officers is crucial, but what you do during the traffic stop is just as important. Here are a few important tips for how you should act when you are pulled over by a police officer:

Find a Safe Spot to Pull Over 

Once you see a police officer is trying to pull you over, immediately look for a safe place to pull off the roadway. You should try to pull over on the right side of the road. If there is no safe spot to pull over immediately, turn on your hazard lights so the officer knows you recognize their presence.

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DuPage County CDL violation lawyerIndividuals who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are often held to a higher standard on the road - and for good reason. Most of the time, commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are very large and can do a lot more damage to property and other vehicles when they are involved in a collision. This is why there are certain actions that can result in the disqualification of a CDL. Some of these actions are illegal no matter what type of license that a driver holds, but many are also specific to CMVs. 

Losing a CDL can affect you differently than losing your personal driver’s license. If you have made a career out of operating a CMV, your job and finances could suffer greatly if you are disqualified from holding a CDL. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed guidelines for how CDL violations are categorized and how they are punished.

Major Offenses

Certain offenses are more serious than others, and major offenses typically have the most serious penalties, with first time offenders receiving a one-year disqualification. Major offenses include:

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Can a Police Officer Search My Car During a Traffic Stop?

Naperville DUI and traffic violation defense lawyerWhen a driver is pulled over by the police, the first thing the officer is likely to say is, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” A good answer to that is, “I’m not sure. Why?” 

The police officer may have stopped you for a simple traffic violation, such as speeding or running a stop sign. But depending on your behavior and conversation, a police officer could begin to suspect that you are guilty of something more. You do not want to give the officer any reason to start looking for additional violations.

For example, the police might suspect that you were driving under the influence of alcohol, violating the “open container” law, or even using illegal drugs. The officer might then want to search your car, looking for evidence of suspected illegal activity. It is important to know your legal rights in this situation. 

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