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What are your rights when you get pulled over?

On Behalf of | May 4, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Getting pulled over by the police is not something that most of us want to end up dealing with. Unfortunately, sometimes it does happen and understanding your rights when it does can make a crucial difference. When you’re pulled over in the state of New Jersey, you have a few different rights.

You don’t have to answer questions

Any good criminal defense attorney can reveal that you don’t have to answer any line of questioning from an officer that pulled you over. Rather, you’re only legally obligated to present them with your driver’s license, your registration, and proof of car insurance. It’s very common for police officers to ask you where you were coming from or where you were headed. These are questions that you do not have to legally answer if you don’t want to. It’s best to let the officer know that you don’t want to answer any questions without your attorney present.

Field sobriety tests

If you’re pulled over under the suspicion of driving under the influence, it’s very common for a police officer to ask you to perform a field sobriety test. This test helps the officer to determine whether or not their suspicion is likely accurate before they charge you. In reality, these tests are more evidence that can be stacked against you in the event that you’re charged for a DUI. However, in most states, you give your implied consent to blood or other chemical tests when you obtain your driver’s license.

When you get pulled over by the police, it’s essential to understand that you have various rights. While the police can ask you certain questions, you don’t have to comply with any of these requests. If you have any more questions regarding your rights when you are getting pulled over, it’s advisable to speak to an attorney.