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Unformatted text preview: rk, stop the engine, turn off the
radio, take off your sunglasses (It’s his prerogative to try to intimidate you) and
put both hands on the steering wheel.
Do not look for your license or registration. For all the officer knows, you are
reaching for a gun. And they hate that. You don’t want him edgy. You want him
to know that you are no threat to harm him or attempt a getaway.
If it is night, put on your interior lights so he can see you have nothing to hide.
Don’t let anyone else in your car say anything. What should you say?
Well let’s start off with what not to say. There are those who claim you should
apologize profusely to the officer for speeding in the hopes he will let you go. In fact, what you have just done is convict yourself and eliminated the chance of an
effective court challenge. Don’t say you are sorry. Don’t ever admit to speeding.
In many cases, the first thing a cop will say to you is, “Do you know why I pulled
you over?” The best answer to this is, “No officer, I thought I was driving safely”.
This does two things. It sounds good in court should it come up. And it shows
the officer you were concerned with safety and thinking about it. (of course, I’m
presuming you weren’t doing 115 mph, in which case there’s not much help for
you - you are getting the ticket.)
If the officer is in a lecture delivery mood today, be his attentive audience. Don’t
argue. Don’t debate. Don’t threaten or ask for his badge number. Don’t give him
some lame excuse. You want to be as innocuous and un-memorable as
possible. That will help you in court when you challenge. Take your ticket, thank
the officer politely, and pull out safely. What excuses work?
Not many. The Bathroom Emergency can work sometimes, especially with a
child. But only if it’s true and/or your kid is a gifted actor. It’s not much to rely
on. The problem with excuses is, they are very tough to use without also
admitting that you were going fast. And that will hurt you in court.
The better strategy,...
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- Spring '09