Kenneth E. Poris PC

Attorney at Law

RULES FOR INTERACTING WITH THE POLICE 

  1. When you see a police officer behind you and he activates his lights, pull your vehicle over immediately.
  2. Remain calm.
  3. Know where your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance are so you do not have to look for     them.  If you have a marijuana medical card, have that also available.
  4. If you have a marijuana medical card, remember you cannot have cannabis in your vehicle.
  5. If you have tinted windows on the side of your vehicle, roll the window down.
  6. Keep your hands on the steering wheel so that they are in plain sight.
  7. If you have a conceal and carry permit, while keeping your hands in plain view on the steering wheel, let the officer know.
  8. Be polite, don't talk back to the police officer, raise your voice or cop an attitude.
  9. If the police officer insists upon questioning you about items in your vehicle, invoke your right to remain silent and ask to talk to an attorney.
  10. Many times police officers ask if you have any contraband in your car, refuse to let them search your vehicle and deny any criminal activity.
  11. Don't get tricked into giving up your rights. Police officers may threaten you, tell you that they can smell something coming from your vehicle or say that they will bring a police dog to smell for drugs. Do not give them the right to search your vehicle. Police officers are always trying to get consent from the driver to search the vehicle. You do not know what others in your car may have left in your vehicle prior to a search.
  12. The police officer has the right to see your driver's license and insurance card.
  13. If the officer asks you to exit your vehicle, ask if you are under arrest or free to leave. If the officer says you are free to leave, wish him a good day.
  14. If the officer insists that you exit your car, ask him why he is detaining you.
  15. Do not attempt to run away or escape.
  16. If the officer places you in handcuffs, you may tell him that the handcuffs hurt but do not try to pull away from the officer.
  17. If you have been drinking, officers will tell you that they want to have you take field sobriety tests to see if you are okay to drive. Once you exit your vehicle, your chances of being arrested for a DUI have dramatically increased since most people have trouble passing the field sobriety tests even if they are sober.
  18. The police officer has the right to give you a ticket for any violation that may have been committed. He is not allowed to detain you for longer than it takes to check your license and issue the ticket(s).
  19. Remember, the police want to search your vehicle and, if they smell alcohol, want to arrest you for a DUI.
  20. Any time an officer requests you to do something that is not part of the original reason for the traffic stop, ask the officer why he is detaining you.
  21. Remind the officer that you’re represented by Kenneth E. Poris and wish to call him. The office telephone number is 815-498-1455 or cell is 815-355-2849.