Top 5 Things Never to Say to a Police Officer if You Get Pulled Over
Let’s face it, when most people get pulled over for reckless driving, speeding, or any other traffic violation, they say a whole slew of things that never should have been said.
To help you better understand what to avoid saying when you get pulled over for a traffic violation, we have outlined the top 5 things never to say when you get pulled over.
1 – I’m sorry
For some reason, motorists think that if they apologize to the officer, they will have an easier time or the officer will give them a free pass.
In reality, an officer views an apology as an admission of guilt and might even report on the traffic ticket that you admitted guilt. As a general rule, never apologize or admit anything when you get pulled over.
2 – I think I was speeding
When an officer asks you, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” you should not start hypothesizing. Do not invent possible reasons and then relate those to the officer.
Instead, tell him, “No, officer. I don’t.” This is 100% true because you are not a mind reader.
Even if you suspect that it is for a certain offense, at the end of the day, you truly do not know why you were pulled over until the officer tells you.
Saying anything other than “No” sets you up for a traffic ticket and, possibly, more than one if you admit guilt to something the officer never intended to ticket you for in the first place.
3 – Why don’t you go find the real criminals!?
Having an attitude with a police officer is a guaranteed way of getting a traffic ticket––or worse.
Telling the officer to fight real crime––or telling him how to do his job in any capacity––is never a good idea.
It comes off hostile, highly emotional, and puts the officer immediately on the defense. All of that will certainly not end favorably for a driver.
Err on the side of caution and be as cordial and polite as possible.
4 – I didn’t know
Remember, ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse for violating it.
Just because you did not––for example––know that New Jersey has a Move Over Law, does not mean that you can leave a traffic stop scot-free when you violate it.
Aside from this fact, police officers hear this excuse day in and day out. Most cannot stand it when a person tries to wiggle his way out of a traffic ticket because he was unaware of the law or other circumstances.
5 – Everyone else was doing it
Telling an officer that you were just keeping up with the flow of traffic is akin to telling him that you broke the law because everyone else was doing it.
In the eyes of the police officer, this is not a legitimate defense and he is not looking to hear your side of the argument.
If you try to argue with him, he may even tell you to save it for the judge or tell you to fight the ticket in court.
Remember, the key to avoiding a traffic ticket is being polite, not arguing, and showing genuine respect for the officer.
Granted, there is no guarantee that this will ensure you get a warning, but it can sure help you avoid the hassle of having to deal with the short-term and long-term consequences of a traffic ticket.
If you recently received a New Jersey traffic ticket, contact Michael Botton of The Botton Law Firm today at 732-894-3686.