If you are driving along and see lights in your rearview mirror, you should always pull over. This is the standard protocol when an officer is stopping you in Wisconsin. What happens after this, though, can go many different ways and often depends on what you do and say.
This is especially true if the officer suspects you have drugs in your vehicle. You must understand what your rights are and what you can do when an officer asks to search your vehicle during a traffic stop. This can help you to avoid criminal charges and prevent any escalation of issues with the officer. Here are three things you should not do in this situation.
- Do not consent to the search
Rewire explains that you do not have to allow the officer to search your vehicle. You should not physically stop him or her from conducting a search, but make it known that the action is happening without your consent.
- Do not answer yes
If the officer asks you if you have drugs or asks anything other than gathering your personal information, you do not have to answer. You can decline to do so. Just make sure you do so in a polite way.
- Do not get rude
Always be polite. Keep your voice at a normal volume, and assert your rights. Tell the officer that you do not wish to answer questions without an attorney present. Never get physical. If the officer insists on conducting a search, then do not interfere. You should never touch an officer in any way, even if it is not threatening.
Knowing your rights is essential in any situation involving law enforcement. Officers have the job of finding criminals and upholding the law. They do not always do so while also looking out for your rights. That is up to you.