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What to do when pulled over by a police officer

The biggest mistake people often commit when pulled over by a police officer involves attempting to talk their way out of receiving the speeding ticket. When pulled over by a police officer, the smartest thing to do is say as little as possible.

Do not admit that you were travelling a certain speed above the speed limit. Admitting you were going a certain speed above the speed limit incriminates you. It does not matter if the speed you admit to travelling at is lower than the speed the police officer is writing on your ticket. Either way, you are admitting to guilt, which damages your credibility overall, and reduces your chances of having the speeding ticket dismissed altogether.

Do not come up with a 'sob' story as to why you were speeding. The police officer has most likely heard several stories and excuses before, and your matter (no matter how significant it is to you) will only seem insignificant to him/her. Unless the reason for your speeding involves driving someone to the hospital on a life or death situation, your story will not persuade the police officer to let you off speeding.

If a police officer asks you if you were aware of the speed you were travelling at, it is best to simply stay quiet, keep your answers to a simple 'yes' or 'no' response, or direct the question to him/her and ask what speed he/she clocked you at. As much as possible, keep your answers to a minimum, and do not indicate you wish to fight your ticket. Keep in mind that the police officer must have written several tickets on that same day so it is best to be forgettable as possible. You do not want him/her to remember you. The less he/she remembers, the better your chances are at trial.

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