If a police officer has ever pulled you over, you understand how scary this situation can be. Once you see the lights flashing in your rearview mirror, you know there could be a lot at stake for you. It is in the interests of each Kentucky driver to know his or her rights during a traffic stop and what he or she should do in the event the police stop them while in their vehicles.
Even if suspected of drunk driving or violating other traffic laws, you have rights. Law enforcement must follow certain procedures and steps when dealing with drivers during a traffic stop. If you suspect there was a violation of your rights during a traffic stop, it could undermine the entire case against you. You have rights, and you have the right to fight for your interests whether you are facing a traffic violation or a criminal charge.
What to do
Every driver would be wise to be prepared for a traffic stop by knowing exactly what to do in this type of interaction. You may also find it helpful to learn about what you can expect from law enforcement during a traffic stop as well. Some of the following tips may be helpful for you during and after a traffic stop:
- Anyone in the vehicle has the right to remain silent. You do not have to talk or give the police any information.
- During the interaction with police, keep your hands where the officer can see them. Refrain from any sudden movements.
- If arrested, you still have the right to remain silent, and you can immediately request a lawyer.
If you believe there was a violation of your rights, try to document as much as possible about your interaction with police. This includes badge number, car numbers, names and more. This information could be helpful if you challenge the case against you later.
Fighting for your future
Even if you are only facing a traffic ticket or a fairly minor infraction, you would be wise to know how you can protect your future interests from this point. You have the right to confront criminal charges, fight a traffic violation and challenge the unfair or illegal actions of police officers. Your future is at stake, but there are things you can do to minimize the impact of a traffic stop.