12 Rules for Dealing with Police During A Traffic Stop

If you are pulled over by the police, follow these rules.

1. Show the officer your driver’s license or identification card and proof of insurance.

2. Politely tell the officer that you are invoking your rights to remain silent and to an attorney under the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution. After that, stop talking.

3. Politely tell the officer that you wish to leave. If you are not allowed to leave, ask to speak to an attorney immediately.

4. If instructed to exit your vehicle, get out.

5. Do not perform any “field sobriety tests.”

6. Do not blow into a preliminary breath test machine.

7. Do not submit to an examination by a DRE (drug recognition expert).

8. Do not blow or agree to blow into a breathalyzer.

9. Do not agree to provide a sample of your blood.

10. Do not let the police, jail, or nursing staff take your blood unless the officer shows you a warrant to take your blood.

11. Do not agree to give a sample of your blood just because the officer says he’ll get a warrant.

12. Do not consent to any searches.