Teens Beware: At a Traffic Stop, the Police Have All the Power
Many teenagers these days have a false sense of entitlement (which is a nicer way of saying they're a bit spoiled). If you're a juvenile driver in the state of Virginia who spends her time watching the travails of Lindsay Lohan on TMZ, or the antics of the Kardashian family, you may be under the false impression that you'll be forgiven by society for your misbehavior. The trouble is, when you're pulled over by a police officer for a traffic violation, you're not on reality TV—and the officer will not be impressed if you call him names, throw a hissy fit, or attempt to vamp your way into getting off easy.
The hard fact is that it's the police officer, and not you, who has all the power in this situation. If he asks for your license and registration, you have to give it to him immediately; if he asks you to step out of your car, you can't call your parents and ask them to rescue you. You may have gotten away in the past with talking back to teachers, but police officers aren't teachers—if you give them a hard time may have reason to suspect you of more serious violations, such as being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you have been pulled over by the police for a major (or even minor) traffic violation, the best thing you can do is respond promptly to the officer's requests and treat him respectfully and courteously. Questions? Call our legal experts in juvenile traffic violations at Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman (888-783-9701) for a free consultation today!