Use Your Rights When Pulled Over to Help Avoid a Speeding Ticket
Seeing the lights in the rear view mirror is never an exciting site to see. Your heart drops thinking of the tickets and fines that you are now going to have to pay. It’s a frustrating situation, but don’t let your frustration get out of hand and blow your opportunity to fight the speeding ticket.
You do have rights when pulled over. Two of those rights you should be aware of are the right to remain silent and the right to not incriminate yourself.
You have to be careful with the right to remain silent. If you don’t answer any of the officer’s questions and make a scene about it, he or she is going to more likely give you a ticket as opposed to a warning. If you challenge the ticket in court, they will remember you being rude and not answering any questions.
You also have a right to not incriminate yourself. This means that you don’t have to admit to any wrongdoing is there was any. You do not have to admit that you were speeding. You do not have to give an excuse as to why you were speeding. If asked what you were doing on the road, just ask the question back to the officer about why you were pulled over. Sometimes these are fishing questions where the cop is looking for more information. Remember anything you say can be used against you in court.
Some states may have different rights and regulations for you when pulled over. Study your local jurisdiction’s statues very carefully so that if need be, you can challenge the officer and how they violated one of your rights which can make the ticket harder to stand up in court.