Remember: What You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You
You see the red lights behind you, and your heart sinks. Being pulled over by law enforcement is a gut-wrenching experience. Even if you haven’t done anything wrong, you may automatically feel guilty. Just remember, you have rights, and you need to exercise those rights. Regardless of the circumstances, remain calm and call a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
At the Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we represent individuals who have been charged with a crime in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. Our dedicated defense team will fight for your rights and work hard to get the charges reduced or dismissed. If you were stopped for a crime and are now facing criminal charges, contact our office at (702) 366-0891 for a free consultation.
What to Do If You Are Pulled Over
One of the biggest mistakes most people make when they are stopped by police is talking too much. Inevitably, a person will end up saying something that will get them into more trouble than whatever they were initially stopped for. You do not have to (and generally should not) answer questions during a traffic stop.
For example, if you were drinking and driving, it is not in your best interest to tell the officer that you had two drinks two hours ago. That gives the officer reasonable suspicion that you were driving under the influence of alcohol. Instead, stay calm and remember that you are not under any legal obligation to answer questions.
Be Polite and Cooperative
You should not get combative with a police officer. Once you are pulled over, take a deep breath, and collect yourself. When the officer arrives at your window, they will likely ask you to provide your license and registration.
Failure to comply with this request could have legal ramifications. It is a good idea to have these documents out and ready so that you are not fumbling for them while the officer watches. The officer may ask you questions such as if you know why you pulled over. You are not obligated to answer this question, and you may incriminate yourself if you do.
If you are arrested, you can make a statement at a later time with the assistance of your attorney. You have the right to a criminal defense attorney to exercise that right.
Consenting to a Search
Another mistake many people make is consenting to a search and seizure. You do not have to consent to your vehicle being searched. If the officer asks, you can politely decline. It is worth noting that they may be able to search your vehicle pursuant to an arrest, but you do not have to let them search it during the initial pull over.
A search may reveal contraband you may or may not have known was in your vehicle. If you consent to a search prior to arrest and they find the contraband, they can now make an arrest.
If you are pulled over, you can always ask whether you are being placed under arrest or if you are free to go. If you are placed under arrest, you can and should request an attorney. Do not make a statement until you have spoken with your attorney.
Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney in Las Vegas
If you are arrested, contact our office at (702) 366-0891 to discuss your legal options. Just because you have been arrested or even charged with a crime does not mean you will be convicted.
At the Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we believe everyone deserves their day in court. We fight tirelessly to protect the rights of our clients. If your constitutional rights were violated, we will work relentlessly to get you justice. Do not wait. Contact our office now for a free, no-obligation consultation.