21 Nov Your Rights and the Police: If You Are Stopped In Your Car
by Isabell Flores, Esq. of Law Offices of Isabell W. Flores, on November 21, 2012
Criminal Defense, DUI, Traffic, Personal Injury and Special Appearance Attorney
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Show your driver’s license and registration upon request. Your car can in certain limited cases be searched without a warrant so long as the police have probable cause. To protect yourself later, MAKE IT CLEAR THAT YOU DO NOT CONSENT TO A SEARCH.
If you are given a ticket, you should sign it; otherwise you can be arrested. Fight the case later in court. Don’t forget when your court date is. The ticket is your notice to appear. DO NOT COUNT ON A COURTESY NOTICE! You may or may not get one and this is not an excuse, especially if you’re trying to use this in traffic court. The excuse won’t cut it. Also, if you miss your court date you could be looking at a charge for Failing to Appear, paying additional fines, and a possible warrant for your arrest!