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5 Things to Remember if You Are Pulled Over

Allegheny Attorneys at Law, P.C. Oct. 19, 2017

Whether you have never been issued a speeding ticket or traffic violation, or have received many PA speeding ticket points, or traffic violations over the years—the 5 tips below are a good guideline for how to handle your ticket.

Pull Over Where It Is Safe

You must pull over when you realize that an officer is following you, but you have the right to pull over where it is safe. If there is not much of a shoulder to pull over where you are or if you are in a dark and un-populated area, signal to the officer to acknowledge their presence, then find a well lit parking lot you can turn into.

Stay Calm

From the moment you hear the sirens behind you and realize that you are the one being pulled over, you may begin to feel stressed, nervous, and unsettled. However, it is important to remain calm so that you can clearly communicate with the officer. While a PA speeding ticket is not something you want, in the grand scheme of things—it is not the end of the world.

Remain Respectful

When the officer approaches your car, it is essential to be polite and remain respectful. Don’t allow the stress you are feeling to cause you to speak aggressively out of turn or to increase the volume of your voice. While you do not want to admit fault, make sure to answer all of the officer’s questions directly. For example, if the officer asks if you know why you were pulled over, you can politely state that you are unsure.

Waiting Until Asked For Documentation

Wait until the officer approaches your car and asks for documentation before you begin digging in your glove box or purse for your license, registration, and proof of insurance. This way you will not be distracted when they approach your car. To show your cooperation, you can even roll down the window before the officer approaches, and place your hands the steering wheel so that they are in plain sight.

Hire A Lawyer

If the officer issues you a ticket for speeding or for violating any PA traffic violation codes, you will be required to sign the ticket. Keep in mind that signing the ticket is not an admission of guilt, just a requirement. Once you get home safely, you want to hire a local attorney who specializes in PA speeding ticket points and PA traffic violation codes. Even if this is your first speeding ticket, it can drastically increase the amount of insurance you pay each month.

Following the tips above will ensure that you are responsible, cooperative, and acting in your best interest. If you are arrested or charged with a traffic violation, contact the legal team at Allegheny Attorneys At Law. At AAAL, our team of attorneys hold years of experience in understanding Pa traffic laws and violation codes, helping to ensure that your rights are protected throughout any legal proceedings. Call AAAL – Allegheny Attorneys at Law today to schedule a free consultation, and let us get started on keeping your rights protected.