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What to Do if You are Pulled Over by Police in Illinois

 Posted on February 22,2019 in Traffic Violations

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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.

Keep Your Hands Visible at All Times

When the officer comes up to your window, you should roll your window down all the way and keep your hands visible, ideally positioned on the steering wheel. If the officer cannot see your hands, they might perceive that as a threat.

Comply with the Officer’s Requests

When you are pulled over, the officer will always ask for your license, registration, and proof of insurance. If you need to reach somewhere to get these documents, you should inform the officer you are reaching for them. Do not get out of your vehicle unless the officer instructs you to do so.

Be Respectful

Even if you believe you were pulled over for no reason, you should be polite and respectful to police. If you want them to cut you a break on a minor offense, this is how you best achieve that. If you do not agree with a ticket the officer issues, you can address that in court.

A Skilled Will County Traffic Violation Defense Attorney Can Help

It can be scary when you are pulled over by police, but your actions during the traffic stop can be the deciding factor of whether a police officer writes you a ticket. Being respectful during a traffic stop can take you a long way. If you are facing charges stemming from a traffic stop, you need help from an Aurora, IL traffic ticket lawyer. At the Law Office of Patricia Magana, LLC, we can help you build a solid defense to any charge, including DUI. Call our office today at 630-448-2001 to schedule a free consultation. Se habla Español.



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