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What to expect during a traffic stop

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2021 | Criminal Defense

While you may not want to think about getting pulled over, it does happen from time to time. You can remove a lot of stress from the situation by simply understanding the normal process that happens during a traffic stop. Here is what you should expect if you’re ever pulled over for a traffic stop in Minnesota.

It all starts with the emergency lights

The first indication that you’re getting pulled over is noticing emergency lights behind you. When you see lights on the police vehicle, take a deep breath and determine a safe spot to pull over. If possible, pull over on the right side of the road well off into the berm so that you’re out of the main lane of travel.

The officer will pull in behind you and will exit his or her vehicle. He or she will walk up to your window and ask for your driver’s license, your proof of insurance, and your vehicle registration. During this time, the officer will describe to you the reason that you are being pulled over. It’s always a good idea to speak to the officer with the same level of respect that you would expect to get back.

Citation or warning will be issued

Once the officer checks to ensure that your driver’s license, registration, and insurance are all valid, he or she will proceed to give you a citation or a warning. A warning may be issued verbally or in writing. If the warning is issued in writing, you’ll need to sign the warning stating that you accept it. In the event that the officer is going to give you a citation, he or she will provide you with a citation and ask you to sign it to acknowledge that you received it. Once your citation or warning is issued, the officer will let you know that it is okay to leave.

Traffic stops are a routine part of an officer’s duty. As a vehicle driver, it’s a good idea to understand what happens during a traffic stop so that you’re more prepared to deal with the situation if it arises. Remember to always stay calm and to speak in a respectful manner to the officer. If you want to protest your citations, an attorney may be able to help you with your criminal defense.