Being pulled over by the police can be a stressful experience, but knowing what to do can make the situation more manageable. Understanding the correct protocol can also help ensure interactions with law enforcement officers are respectful and safe.
This article outlines the steps you should take when pulled over by the Arkansas police.
Stop the vehicle
As soon as the police signal you to pull over, slow down and find a safe place to stop. You should use your turn signal to indicate your intentions and stop as far to the right as possible.
Communicate with the officer
After stopping, roll down your window, keep your hands visible on the steering wheel, and wait for the officer to approach. Try to remain calm, speak politely and provide your driver’s license and proof of insurance when requested.
Understand your rights during a search
Police officers cannot search a vehicle without probable cause or consent. You have the right to refuse a search if there is no probable cause, but you should always express this refusal politely and calmly.
Comply with sobriety tests
If an officer suspects impairment due to alcohol or drugs, they may request a field sobriety test. While drivers can refuse, doing so may result in immediate suspension of driving privileges under Arkansas’s implied consent law.
Handle potential citations
If an officer issues a citation, it is important to remember that accepting it does not mean admitting guilt. It merely signifies acknowledgment of receiving it. Handle disputes in court, not at the roadside.
By following these steps, you can ensure that getting pulled over is as smooth and respectful as possible.