5 Rights You Have When Stopped by Police
Though getting stopped by police is not the worst thing in the world, there aren’t many people out there who can confidently say that they DON’T feel a sense of dread when they see those blue lights flashing in the rear-view mirror. If you’re like most people, you feel hopeless and slightly afraid when you get stopped by the police. Though our Michigan bail bonds agents at All American Bail Bond Agency cannot do much to prevent that inevitable sense of dread, we can help reduce it by informing you of your rights.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent
You may have heard this line quoted a time or two in a Hollywood film, but it’s more than just a line – it’s an actual right. Thanks to the 5th Amendment, you do not have to answer any more questions than what is asked of you, and even then, you don’t have to answer every question. You do have to hand over your license and registration when the officer requests it, but when asked whether you have been drinking and driving – if you knew how fast you were going – or what you’re doing out past curfew, you don’t have to give much, if any, details.
You CAN Talk Back…
But our bail bondsman wouldn’t recommend doing so. Just because you have the right to mouth off doesn’t mean you should. A bad attitude can escalate an already intense situation and can make the officer assume that you are up to no good, even if you aren’t.
You Can’t Be Stopped for No Reason
It’s not uncommon for cops to stop individuals who are on the roads late at night in the hopes of catching an impaired driver. Yet, just because it’s not uncommon doesn’t mean it’s not illegal. Police officers must have probable cause to pull someone over, probable cause being speeding, blowing through traffic signals, driving with expired tags or swerving. Typically, an officer will tell you why he or she has stopped you, but if not, you are well within your rights to ask.
The 4th Is With You
In addition to the protections of the 5th Amendment, you also enjoy the protections of the 4th. The 4th Amendment provides you with the right to be secure, and that said right shall not be violated but upon probable cause and with a warrant. In laymen’s terms, it means that an officer cannot search your car without a warrant, probable cause and/or your permission.
You Must Take the Breath Test
You do not have to give details regarding your state of mind and you do not have to let an officer search your vehicle without a warrant or probable cause, but our bail bonds agents recommend submitting to a breath test when asked. Though you can technically refuse a breath test, refusal can result in your arrest, license suspension for up to two years and up to six points on your record. You can save yourself a lot of time, money and headache by submitting to a breathalyzer test when asked.
Contact a Bail Bond Agent
If you were stopped and arrested by an officer in Michigan, reach out to our bail bond services right away. We can provide the funds you need in as little as 24 hours so that you don’t have to spend another second in jail. Contact us online today.