Just about every driver that has had their driver’s license for a significant amount of time has been pulled over by law enforcement at least once. It can be quite alarming and can make driver nervous and anxious even if they believe they have done nothing wrong. Other drivers may know that they are being pulled over because they were speeding, didn’t come to a complete stop at a stop sign, failed to use their turn signal when making a turn or numerous other reasons drivers may be pulled over.
The officer will then approach the vehicle and more likely than not they will ask whether you know why you were pulled over. Some people do not know they do not have to answer this question and do so. The fact is, if you tell the officer why you think you were pulled over, you are either admitting guilt to what you may have done or you open the possibility of adding additional infractions or charges.
The best response to a law enforcements inquiry as to if you know why you were pulled over is “no.” This way, you are not admitting to any wrongdoing. The 6th Amendment of the US Constitution allows you the right to be free from self-incrimination. By admitting that you did something wrong, you are only helping build a case against you. Another option is to advise the officer that you are declining to answer any questions. The officer may be offended, however, the officer will not have your admission to later use against you should you decide to challenge the ticket in court.
If you are arrested and charged with a crime, our criminal defense attorneys are here to help. We understand that people make mistakes. Call us at (559) 248-1469 or email us today to schedule a free case evaluation with a criminal defense attorney at Hammerschmidt Law Corporation.