Routine Traffic Stops, Your Rights, and Florida Law

Routine traffic stops are sometimes necessary as law enforcement officials keep our roads safe. They pull over drivers who do not comply with the road. Law enforcement has the right to pull drivers over but must abide by their rights. When a driver or law enforcement step out of the line, the situation can quickly escalate. In this article, we will discuss in detail about routine traffic stops and your rights.

Drivers should understand what happens during a traffic stop and the police officer’s rights and responsibilities to conduct themselves appropriately when stopped and protect their rights and property.

A law enforcement officer must inform a driver of the exact reason they pulled them over and explicitly state the criminal charge and the driver’s right to defend themselves.

Traffic Stops 101 - What You Need to Know

Officers and drivers must act respectfully according to both local and federal laws during a routine traffic stop. The officer needs to state the exact reason for the traffic stop, and the driver must comply with reasonable requests, such as showing a license and registration and stepping out of the vehicle. Drivers who do not comply risk violating Florida State Law 316/072, which refers to the willful refusal to comply with lawful orders as a second-degree misdemeanor which could result in up to 60 days in jail.

How to Avoid Legal Problems

Traffic stops are frustrating and leave drivers annoyed, but it is essential to remain calm. A routine stop can turn into an arrest when the situation escalates. It is wise to follow these guidelines:

  • Speak respectfully
  • Comply with the officer’s instructions
  • Avoid excessive or unnecessary questions
  • Avoid physical displays of anger
  • If an officer behaves unprofessionally, note his or her identification number and file a report later

Contact Ronald Chapman

If you feel your traffic stop ended badly or that your rights were violated, call Ronald Chapman today.

Defense Attorney West Palm Beach

Ronald Chapman practices criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts within the State of Florida. Since 1990, Mr. Chapman has been representing people accused of committing various types of crimes. If you are facing criminal charges in Florida, Ronald Chapman can help. Schedule your FREE Consultation! Call 561-832-4348 or visit his website.

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Ronald S. Chapman, P.A.
400 Clematis Street, Suite 206
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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