What to do When Pulled Over By A Police Officer

What to do When Pulled Over By A Police Officer

Being stopped by a police officer can be stressful for both you and the officer. Neither really know what to expect. Here are some useful suggestions if you are pulled over.

In Massachusetts, go ahead and pull out your vehicle registration and ID. Just have it ready before the officer even approaches your vehicle. That way you’re not reaching for anything and your hands are always visible to the officer.

Don’t answer the question “Do you know why I pulled you over?” Just say “No, I don’t”. Or instead, before the officer has a chance to ask you that question, ask the officer this, “Why did you pull me over?”

And then don’t say a word. Don’t offer any information. Don’t incriminate yourself in anyway. If asked “How’s your day?” You can respond with “I’m not discussing my day.” Always be polite, but know your rights!

If asked a question you are not comfortable with, you can say “I invoke the Fifth”. The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees that an individual cannot be compelled to provide incriminating information about oneself. It’s your right to remain silent.

Remember, too, that you can always can ask “Am I being detained or am I free to go?”

If you are arrested, always cooperate, but don’t say a word. Contact your attorney at your earliest possible convenience to discuss the charges against you.

If you need an attorney, call the law offices of Johnson Sclafani & Moriarty at 413-732-8356 for a free, initial consultation.

Know your rights! Be safe!