When You See Lights Flashing Behind You, Here Are the 6 Things You Should Do

You’re on your way home from the office party when you see the flashing red and blue lights behind you, what do you do next?

1) The most important thing to do is to not panic! Your actions and attitude towards the arresting officer can go a long way towards deciding your outcome in this case, so the first thing that you need to do is to pull your car over to the side of the road as safely as possible. Once safely stopped, turn off the car and place both hands on the steering wheel where the officer can clearly see them.

2) Be polite and respectful to the officer and cooperate with their requests. At the same time, don’t give them any more information than was asked for. If your registration papers are under the seat or in the glove compartment, let the officer know that instead of simply reaching for them. If you have any weapons in the vehicle, inform the officer of them. You do not want to give him or her any reason to distrust you.

3) Do not lie to the officer. Getting caught in a lie can have major consequences later. An unpleasant truth now will have far fewer consequences than getting caught in court later.  Besides, it’s much easier to remember the truth than a lie.

4) You do have the right to refuse a field sobriety test or field breathalyzer at the scene and, depending on the circumstances, you may want to consider this. However, according to Kansas implied consent laws, refusing a breathalyzer test at the jail or police station could wind up resulting in worse suspensions and restrictions on your driver’s license.

5) Unless there were more serious charges against you, such as an open arrest warrant, there is a good chance that you will only need to post bail to leave the jail. The amount of the bail will usually be set by a judge, but some jurisdictions might not require that or have a standard bail schedule that will allow you to be released before the bail hearing. Remember that the money that you post for bail will be returned to you after you attend your court date. If you have used a bail bond company, they will charge a non-refundable fee of usually around 10% of the bail amount.

6) After you have left the jail, you need to write down every last detail of your arrest. Make a complete timetable of what happened and any whatever you can remember of the conversations. Also note any witnesses, such as any passengers in your vehicle, and any details of what happened. These details could form the basis for your defense later.

Last, but definitely not least, contact a lawyer with experience in representing traffic violations and DUI charges in Kansas. The right lawyer could make all the difference in the type and severity of the penalties that you receive and may even save you money in the long run. Contact The Starosta Law Firm, LLC to get the experience of Attorney Tim Starosta working for you.  You don’t need to go through this alone! Call us at 816-399-5733 today to get started.

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