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McHenry County criminal defense lawyerPolice interactions can make many people incredibly nervous – even if they have done nothing wrong. This may be a result of the many instances of police brutality that can be seen on the news or for more personal reasons. However, interacting with the police does not have to be a stressful ordeal. If you are ever stopped by police, it is important that you treat the officers with respect while simultaneously protecting your own rights. You should know how to safely interact with police and what to do if you have been arrested and accused of a crime.  

Do Not Give Police Officers a Reason to Be on the Defensive  

Police officers risk their lives every day in the course of their duties. Many officers have had co-workers or friends who have been injured or even killed while performing routine responsibilities such as traffic stops. One way you can make your police interaction less stressful for all parties involved is by following certain procedures designed to keep you and the officer safe. If you are pulled over by police, make sure you do the following: 

  • Keep your hands where officers can see them and do not make sudden or unexpected movements.

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How Police Identify Drivers for DUI StopsPolice officers are always on the lookout for drunk drivers, but they must have reason to believe that a driver may be impaired before pulling him or her over on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, there is a wide range of driving behavior that can justify a DUI stop. As a driver, your innocent mistake may raise an officer’s suspicion. Even if you are sober, a DUI stop is risky because a misunderstanding may lead to erroneous charges.

Reasons for Stops

Police have enough justification to stop you if you have committed a traffic violation or are driving in a way that is a nuisance to other drivers. What may make them suspect a DUI is the nature of your infraction, the time of day and your proximity to establishments serving alcohol. Suspicious driving behavior may include:

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dui, Crystal Lake Criminal Defense Lawyer, search. traffic stop, mchenry county attorney, law firmIf you get pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Crystal Lake, you will need the help of a DUI defense attorney. However, in the moment of the traffic stop, it is important to remember several things to prevent making a mistake or saying something that can be used against you later on.

Police Officers are Under a Lot of Stress

When they start making a traffic stop, police officers do not have a full understanding of what is going on. During training, police officers frequently hear harrowing statistics about fatalities during routine stops; 62 officers were killed during traffic stops between 2003 and 2012. It is important to remember that no matter how frustrated you are when you get pulled over, the police officer coming to your driver's side window does not know if you are waiting with a weapon. Making it exceptionally clear that you have no intention of hurting anyone is important. Keeping your hands on the wheel, in plain view, and not making any sudden moves can go a long way in putting the police officer at ease, which can make the whole situation much less intense.

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traffic stop rights Illinois police, McHenry County criminal attorneyTraffic stops are a common way that ordinary citizens find themselves interacting with law enforcement. In fact, statistics compiled by the researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago reveal that over two million traffic stops occur every year, just in Illinois. At that rate, every adult in Illinois would average a traffic stop once every four years. With such a high frequency, it is important for drivers to know their rights in order to make sure they can exercise them fully during the stop.

Permissible Stops

The first thing people should understand about traffic stops is that police are only permitted to stop drivers under certain circumstances. Officers may not simply choose to arbitrarily pull cars over. This is because people have a constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, and stopping a driver on the street legally qualifies as a seizure.

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