Stop the car in a safe area as fast as possible, turn off the car and keep your hands visible to the officer. If asked, you must also show the officer your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. It may be helpful to keep your up-to-date registration and proof of insurance in your glove compartment so they are easier to find when needed.
Officers may ask you to step outside of the car, and they can also separate passengers and drivers for questioning to compare answers. Just keep in mind that no one has to answer any questions. If an officer asks to search your car, you can refuse to consent to the search. However, your car can be searched if police have “probable cause,” or knowledge of facts sufficient to support a reasonable belief that,
- criminal activity is likely taking place,
- that you have been involved in a crime, or
- that you have evidence of a crime in your car.
If you do not want your car searched, clearly state that you do not consent. The officer cannot use your refusal to give consent as a basis for doing a search.
Have additional questions about what to do if law enforcement officers stop you in your car? Contact AZ criminal defense attorney Jeremy Geigle for a free consultation regarding your questions.
Call (480) 818-9943.