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When you pulled over a driver...

Discussion in 'Law Enforcement Officers' started by The Driver, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Nov 28, 2012 at 2:58 PM
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    ABA180

    ABA180 It burns when I pee....

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    I got pulled over a lot as a teenager. While I don't pretend I never did anything wrong, I grew up in a small town and there were several officers that had hard-ons for kids driving sports cars (which I had several of). That and my penchant for blasting "Cop Killer" by Body Count during a stop after a while..

    The few times since then I've made sure to be polite even when I wasn't doing anything wrong and had much better results..more flies with honey
     
  2. Nov 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    Correct, you are not required to answer anything and you do have the right to "plead the 5th".

    But if someones refuses to answer a question about a simple traffic violation, they just sound like an idiot "street lawyer".... And still end up with a ticket and no compassion from me. In fact, that move might help them end up with an additional citation for something I may have just let go; i.e. expired insurance card, not updating address on license or vehicle registration, etc.

    You're better off just playing dumb & ignorant by saying "I don't know" rather than, "It's my right not to answer your question."
     
  3. Nov 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
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    Like anyone else, if you want to understand why an officer acts as they do, you have to understand the thought process.

    I read a couple of books on the subject, plus have a relative on the LAPD and the following always seem to come through:

    Police are targets. This is driven home anytime something happens to an officer and it is reported in the media, be it an accusation or an assault/murder of an officer. Every time an officer deals with a person they don't know if that might be that time. You can go a long way by allaying the officer's fear.

    Never argue. You will lose, and it will be by getting a ticket. If you plan to fight it, don't tell them. My friend once tossed out a name of someone he supposedly knew in the legal system during a stop. He fought the ticket and believe me the officer had a few verbatim smart-ass quotes from my buddy's mouth. Not a time to stand out.
     
  4. Nov 29, 2012 at 5:31 AM
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    This.

    Most times when the person owns up to the violation I cut them a break. I usually only write for moving violations not equipment violations- a burnt out bulb shouldn't cost a person $96. I also don't stack tickets. But if they come at me with that street lawyer crap, full boat.
     
  5. Dec 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM
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    Mmm, so... Any plans for Friday evening? ;)


    :D
     
  6. Dec 11, 2012 at 4:59 AM
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    I was just cruising this thread bc I posted a question for you guys. But I always admit to the obvious. A officer pulled me over for a seat belt and when he asked why I was stopped I said seat belt. But in the long run I couldn't find my registration (had one for my quad, car and quad were hondas) and I still had an out of state liscense but had been out of the military for 6 months. Cop was really nice, wrote me a seat belt ticket, overlooked the rest and gave me directions to where I was going. I'm always nice, most cops I know don't really enjoy traffic stops, so I just try to make it less of a headache.
     
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