A simple encounter with law enforcement can sometimes spiral out of control, with tragic consequences. Dash-cam and cellphone footage of the traffic stop of Sandra Bland by a Texas police officer is a prime example.
Being stopped by the police can be a confusing and complicated experience. We at Christopher Trainor and Associates, a leading legal team in Michigan for twenty years, would like to help Michigan citizens by answering any questions you may have about your rights during traffic stops and other encounters with law enforcement.
What Are My Rights During A Traffic Stop
If you’re stopped by the police, it’s important to have a valid driver’s license, your registration, and proof of insurance in your vehicle. You’re required to surrender these items to the officer upon request. Initially, the officer may allow you to remain in your vehicle while your ID is being checked. If the officer asks you to exit your vehicle, you’re legally required to comply. It’s best not to argue with the officer, even if you feel you’re in the right. If you believe you have been wrongly ticketed, it’s best to present your case in court. Arguing about the ticket with the officer could lead to your arrest — or worse.
What If I Am Asked To Leave A Public Area
You’re allowed to remain in a public area if you’re not breaking any laws. If you are interfering with the flow of traffic, are on private property, or committing any illegal act, you must comply with the officer or you can be arrested.
Is It Legal To Record Video Of The Police?
You’re only allowed to record video of an on-duty police officer who is in a public space. You cannot, however, do anything that can obstruct an investigation by law enforcement.
Can I Be Stopped And Searched On The Street
Yes, if you give consent or if the officer has reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime.
Can I Be Forced To Stop And Talk To Law Enforcement While Walking
You must comply if the officer has reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime. Otherwise, you do not have to stop or speak with law enforcement. Simply ask if you are free to leave.
Understanding Your Legal Rights
Sometimes police officers overstep their authority. If you believe you’ve been the victim of police misconduct, contact the experienced attorneys at Christopher Trainer and Associates, who are available to help you pursue your case in a court of law. If you’re the victim of police misconduct, gather as much documented evidence as possible, and have an attorney review your case.
Experienced Legal Representation Matters
The attorneys at the Michigan Legal Center have helped residents for the last two decades present strong police misconduct cases. Call 1800-961-8477 for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer. Christopher Trainor & Associates are happy to answer any questions you have and advise you on the next steps you need to take to receive compensation after a bad experience with law enforcement.