If a Motorist is Stopped by a Police Officer
If a motorist is stopped by a police officer, the motorist is supposed to provide the police officer with his automobile registration, driver’s license, and proof of insurance if they are requested by the police officer. It is not mandatory for the motorist to answer the police officer’s other questions about where the motorist is going, where the motorist has been or whether he had anything to drink that day. It is part of the police officer’s job to talk to potential suspects in discussions in order to see how they answer. The police officer observes the potential suspects speech pattern to see if there any type of alcoholic odor or possibly his speech is slurred. The police officer will document your appearance whether the potential suspect to determine if he or she is untidy and if they can find their wallet and relevant documents. Your discussion with the police officer can be short by you. A potential suspect can politely and lawfully decide not to answer any police officer’s questions, but to provide proof of your identity. If a potential suspect decides to respond to the police officer’s requests, he or she may decide to do so by nod of the head or no answers or brief yes. Police officer’s job is to request information which begins a dialogue with the potential suspect and police officer in an attempt to acquire information if you are engaging in any type of incriminating activities. However, if the potential suspect decides not to engage in conversation with a police officer, the potential suspect should kindly decline the police officer’s offer of his or her decision not to provide an answer and that he or she wants to seek an attorney as far what are their legal rights when it comes to the particular situation that they are in.
Remember, anything a potential suspect says or acts in the before a police officer can be used as evidence and can be used against him or her in court. At least in a presence of a police officer, you should not have a conversation with a police officer which will provide evidence to the police officer that will be used against you at a later time in court. Police officers do not have an objective and open mind about people’s situation when it comes to serious or any type of criminal matters. Police officers document as much information and the outcome with the intent to use that against the suspect and acquire a criminal conviction. Many police officers do not document information which can help suspect in the long run, but is not always the case. A suspect should not engage in dialogue that can later be used against him or her in court which can be prosecuted by the State if he or she is engaging or committing a criminal activity.