If you were stopped by a police officer, he may have asked you “Do you know why I pulled you over?”—a common question at a stop. You may be tempted to answer like you would a friend, but do not make the mistake of doing this. The police are not asking you this question harmlessly.
Understanding why the police ask this common question can help you know how to respond. The police officer asks it to find out two things:
If you are asked if you know why you were stopped—or any question—you need to remember that the police officer will record your statement in his police report and it could be used against you later. With so many police officers wearing video cameras, whatever you say would be taped for later use. You should do the following in answering police questions:
If you were stopped by the police and did not follow these guidelines in talking to them, you have not ruined your case. However, it is even more important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Fill out our online form today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can assist you.
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