Most people will probably experience a traffic stop at some point in their lifetime. One moment you are driving down the road, and the next you may see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. You know you are supposed to pull over, but do you know what will happen after that? It’s important for every driver to know what to expect from a traffic stop.
Knowing your rights will better equip you to protect your rights. If you don’t understand what law enforcement can and cannot do, you may not know if you are experiencing illegal treatment. Regardless of why you were pulled over, if you do experience any violation of your constitutional rights during a traffic stop, you have the right to challenge your arrest and subsequent criminal charges.
Police have the responsibility of acting in a way that does not needlessly endanger others or in a way that violates the rights of those they stop. The following statements may prove helpful to you if you find yourself stopped by law enforcement for alleged speeding, suspected drunk driving or more:
- You have the right to remain silent, as do any passengers in your vehicle.
- Reduce your risk of the situation escalating by keeping your hands in plain sight and not acting aggressive.
- You have the right to make a phone call, and this is the opportunity to get legal help.
- Take note of anything the police say to you and do, especially if you believe it was a violation of your rights.
Regardless of what Kentucky law enforcement believes you did, they still have to follow protocol, treat you fairly and observe your rights. After an arrest and the filing of charges against you, you are entitled to a defense.
Your future is on the line
If charged with any type of crime, you would be wise to take your situation seriously. Whether it’s a misdemeanor offense or a major felony crime, a conviction will leave a permanent mark on your criminal record. This could impact your future opportunities, housing applications, child custody disputes and more. By taking quick action, you can begin working on a defense strategy as well as fight back against any violation of your rights that may have taken place.