Can Greensboro criminal defense attorneys explain what to do during a traffic stop? Of Course!
Most people tend to get a little nervous when they see blue lights turn on in their rear-view mirror. Whether it’s your first time being pulled over, or your 100th time, you should always know how to conduct yourself in this situation. This is important not only for the officer’s safety, but also for your safety. When a driver takes the steps required by the law when being pulled over, it makes the entire interaction more smooth and efficient. If you have questions about what to do during a traffic stop, or have a concern regarding your recent traffic stop, you should speak with a Greensboro criminal defense attorney today!
So, what should you do when you see the lights or hear the sirens? First, you should slow down immediately and pul to the right side of the road as soon as it is safe to do so. If there is not a safe place to pull over, you must slow down at least 10 mph and turn your hazard lights on. This signals to the officer that you are aware that they are initiating a traffic stop and that you are trying to find a safe place to pull over.
Once you’ve found a safe place, you must automatically turn the engine of the car off, roll down the window, and place your hands on the steering wheel where thy are visible. If you have passengers in the back seat, they should make sure their hands are visible by placing them on the back of the seat in front of them. If you should happen to have a weapon in your car, you need to notify the officer of this immediately. This applies even if you have your concealed carry permit. Always tell the officer exactly where it is located in the car, and do not reach for it without the officer telling you to do so.
Lastly, the officer should have their uniform on and they should produce identification that assures you they are an officer. If you are pulled over by an unmarked vehicle and are concerned that the officer is not actually a police officer, you can call 911 and they can verify if the officer is a real police officer.
For more information about traffic stops, please do not hesitate to contact a Greensboro criminal defense attorney today! The criminal defense lawyers at Garrett, Walker, Aycoth, and Olson know the requirements of the law and also genuinely care about each and every case presented by their clients. Call at 336-379-0539 today; we are here to help!