There’s no question that if you are pulled over in Denver, it can be a confusing and stressful situation. When you are under stress, it isn’t uncommon to make mistakes. However, making a mistake when being pulled over can lead to serious consequences.
Our legal team at the Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani is ready to help if you do find yourself in trouble with the law, but we also know that avoiding these types of situations is best. Some of the things you should never do when pulled over by the police in Denver can be found here.
Being informed is the best way to protect yourself and your rights. Keep this in mind to ensure that you know what to do and what to avoid.
When you see red and blue lights flashing behind you, you need to stay calm and avoid panicking. Usually, police officers are going to be on high alert when they pull someone over. Because of this, you need to stay calm and be sure to cooperate with the officer. Remember, the police have a job to do – enforce the law. If you panic, it will make the situation tenser and can lead to undesirable outcomes.
You should wait until the officer is at your window and can see what you are doing to reach down to remove your seatbelt. While it may be a habit to take off the belt when you stop your car, if you remove it before the officer comes up to talk to you, they may assume that you were not wearing one at all. In this case, they are going to issue you a ticket for this, too.
You should always wait to say anything until the officer lets you know why you have been pulled over. Be sure you give them time to approach your vehicle and let them take the lead when it comes to a conversation. If you talk first, it may make you seem guilty or make it look like you are being combative. These are two things that may lead to more trouble in the long run.
Even if you don’t agree with the allegations the officer has made against you, it is important to be compliant and obedient to their requests. This is going to help the entire situation move along more smoothly.
Don’t get angry or lose your temper. If you do, this is going to be included in the officer’s notes. If you go to court to make a plea for a reduced charge or lesser sentence, the judge or prosecuting attorney will ask the attorney to let them know more about why you were stopped. If the police officer reports to them that you said something inappropriate or that you were hostile, then it may be difficult to achieve a positive outcome for your case.
Also, staying kind and upbeat may help you avoid getting a ticket – while this isn’t guaranteed, it can’t hurt.
If a police officer is coming up to your vehicle and you make a sudden movement, it may be seen as a threat. This means that you should never reach for something until the officer requests it – this includes your license or registration.
If you want to reach for something, let the officer know what you are doing first. Also, only roll your window down a few inches so that you can pass your license and insurance card to the officer.
You need to also keep your hands visible so that the officer can see them clearly. Sometimes, police are nervous when they come up to a vehicle. They don’t know what the intentions are of the occupants or if they have any weapons on them. Because of this, you should make sure that you always keep your hands visible.
Being pulled over can be a difficult and stressful situation. While this is true, our legal team is ready to help. Contact us today for more information. We can review your case and situation and help build a strong defense strategy. Our goal is to provide aggressive Denver legal defense for our clients to help them with their legal situation.
While we can’t make any guarantees, you can count on us to use all our resources and abilities to help you in your time of need.