Do Not Argue With Police When Pulled Over

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I'm here to talk to you today about what to do when you are being stopped by the police. Once the officer's stopped you, he's gotten your driver's license, registration, proof of insurance, you've established whether there's a weapon in the car or not, you're still being polite, he's advised you of why he's stopping you. Don't argue. The roadside is not the place to argue your case. Remember, in the United States, our court system, for all of it's flaws, one of the positive aspects of it is that you are innocent until proven guilty. You will have your day in court if you wish to plead your case as far as why you were speeding or whatever the deal is. You'll have your opportunity to plead your case in court. If you think that you are able to outwit the officer, argue with the officer, explain "why" in satisfaction to the officer why you shouldn't be getting cited or why you weren't doing what he just saw you do, you're not going to win that argument on the side of the road. I promise you, that that officer, one way or another is going to win that argument on the side of the road. It's not a battle you need to pick on the side of the road. Something else to think about is that if you are polite and courteous and the officer does cite you (in the case that he doesn't give you a warning - he does cite you) well, that's all stuff that the officer remembers. Okay, he's going to document every stop in his notes. If you don't give the officer a hard time, you admit "hey, you know what I probably screwed up...I don't think I did it, but you know what if you are saying I did it...I did it." "Yes sir." "No sir." Be polite. The officer is going to document that in his notes and when it comes time for court, if you do have your day in court, the officer's going to be able to say that to the district attorney and to the judge. He's going to let them know that you were a very cooperative person. The contrary is true too. If you give that officer a hard time, a.) the chance of getting a warning is pretty much out the window, b.) you don't think that officer is going to document very carefully everything that you've said? Everything that you've done? Every name that you've called him? Every time that you told him that you pay his salary? He's going to probably document that. When it comes time for court, do you think that when the attorney comes up to him and asks him "do you mind if we plead him down to a lesser charge?" Do you think the officer is really going to want to work with you? Probably not. If you've done something, remember, don't argue on the side of the road. Don't give the officer a hard time. Like I mentioned earlier, you could be looking at additional charges, especially if you are cussing at him, giving him a hard time, not following his instructions. And the officer is going to document that. When you get to court, being polite and positive will help you out. Being negative and giving the officer a hard time, will probably hurt you when it comes to court. Another thing to keep in mind, most officers and most patrol cars are equipped with microphones and video cameras. If you give the officer a hard time, chances are very high that that is all caught on tape. So when you turn around and go to court, especially if it's really egregious, and that goes to say "I wasn't doing that" or "I didn't do that," and the officer pulls out the tape and says "look what he called me. Look what he did," it's probably going to hurt you. So remember, be polite, don't argue, the side of the road is not the time to argue. Get yourself an attorney, go to court and have your day in court. The burden is on the officer in order to prove you did what he's saying you did.


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