Getting pulled over can be scary, no matter what the cause of it may be. If the cop is just being a Good Samaritan and gives you a warning about a taillight being out or a reminder that your tags are going to expire, it’s still scary to see those flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. If you’ve done something worse, such as speeding or driving drunk, then you have a little more to worry about. How do you know what to do when you get pulled over? Do you know Colorado laws? When do you need to get a lawyer involved? If you’ve recently gotten pulled over and feel that you’ve been treated unfairly, contact Ores Law, a law firm located in Loveland. Here are some tips to help you know if you need an attorney.
Documentation And Getting Out Of The Car
When you get pulled over you need to give them some documentation: driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. You should always have these three things on you or in the vehicle at all times. If the cop asks you to get out of the car and you refuse, that is allowed. You have the right to stay in the car, but it “looks bad” if you stay in the car and may create a tense situation.
Police can’t pull you over without probable cause. Cops aren’t allowed to randomly stop you and look in your car for something they suspect. They need a reason to search your car or stop you, such as speeding or expired plates. In court, cops only have to use their notes from the situation to provide enough evidence.
There are five reasons for cops to search your car without a warrant:
- Plain view
- Suspecting a crime
- The evidence is going to be destroyed
- Arrest you for probable cause to search the vehicle
If none of these things happened and your car was searched anyway, contact us.
If you are in need of a traffic lawyer, then you’ve come to the right place. If you feel like your rights have been violated, contact or make an appointment at Ores Law today, and we will help you get your life back on track.