Knowing Your Rights During A Traffic Stop

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) - The recent traffic stop incidents across the country have left many wondering what exactly they have the right to do when pulled over.

Lt. Scott Lewis, with the Springdale Police Department, said there are only two things you have to do during a routine traffic stop. You must give the officer your drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance and exit your vehicle if an officer asks you to do so.

"If an officer asks you to exit your vehicle he's usually got a really good reason for that and that's something you can not refuse," he said.

Lewis said there are a few rights you may not know you have. He said you can film the interaction between you and the officer. Also, if an officers asks to search your car, you can say no.

"You have the right to film it as long as it's not interfering with me doing my job," he said.

Fayetteville City Prosecutor Casey Jones said the way traffic stops are conducted can vary from city to city and state to state.

9 comments

  • adiverseinsanity

    I’m really surprised that no one has told their traffic stop story on here and how the officer disrespected them or how the officer violated their civil rights or blah blah blah. Really great story, very informative.

  • Ronnie Davis

    complete a lie and wrong—-traveling is a right NOT a Privilege as most would make you think and in fact officers being told in fact to “go write more tickets” is {EXTORTION} and no many know this……{statutes-codes-ordinances} are NOT law and are part of a {tontine} scheme that takes generates revenue for the states….this officer should take into consideration that federal trumps {ALL} states laws….the constitution and the supreme court are the highest court and laws in the country……Lt. Scott Lewis should look up {title} 18 u.s.c 2381 –as well as shapiro v. thompson and marbury v. madison 5 u.s 137 of 1803………blacks law dictionaries are great huh officer lewis

  • Art Bowman

    I understand that the display of the drivers license, registration and insurance is required but there is nothing that says that you must roll down your widow or open your door or even speak to the officer. holding your paperwork up to the glass so that the officer can read them is all that is required. the officer is only wanting you to roll down the window and/or exit the car is so they can then say that they smell something that resembles weed or that your voice sounds like you have been drinking, which then gives them probable cause to search the car. If they do get you out of the car then make them get a warrant to search it. IT IS YOUR RIGHT ! also do not speak— invoke your right to remain silent and ask only for an attorney!!!

  • adiverseinsanity

    For those that choose not to speak with the officer during a traffic stop that’s entirely your right but let me give you some advice from being stopped several times in my life and from knowing several police officers. If you remain silent during a traffic stop, the officer is going to take your information and go back to his car and write you a citation, he’s not going to cut you a break, he’s not going to give you a warning, he’s going to write you a very expensive ticket. So instead of being silent you could be courteous and answer some basic questions and have a good attitude and you would increase your chances of not getting a ticket. The choice is yours.

    • Ronnie Davis

      a ticket in fact is an optional “contract” and is also known as a “gift” …….yes —to be decent to all human beings is the only way for some of us…..in fact more officers who are called law enforcement need to know first the laws that they are supposed to enforce….you can’t be law enforcement if you dont what laws to enforce…police officers are NOT attorneys…..i get my information from the blacks laws dictionaries and law book and the constitution of america and the supreme court case laws that are on the books now…..some people think that traveling in a car is a privilege when in fact -this is a right…..and can’t be licensed……just like most people think all attorneys are license—this is another non fact….title 17 u.s.c 28….law is an open practice- for all who can elucidate the law….the {B.A.R} card is not a license…….remember this : {statutes-codes-ordinances} are NOT laws…..i always give respect to all people in all conversations…..be sure to check out my face book and see more things “i can prove with your own eyes”

  • Ronnie Davis

    An American Is Not Required To Show Identification!
    “There is a difference between an ‘accosting’ and arrest. One may be approached by an officer and questioned about his identity and actions.” “However, failure to carry ‘papers’ and/or identification, or refusal to answer questions is not an arrestable offense.”
    -Cornish vs. State, 215 Md 64, 137 A2d 170, 173
    NOTE: Logic dictates that if refusal to answer questions and/or show identification is not an arrestable offense, it is also not a criminal act!
    THAT: HOWEVER, DOES NOT ALWAYS STOP THE POLICE.
    Read this opinion from a 1959 Supreme Court case …
    “Though the police are honest and their aims worthy, history shows they are not appropriate guardians of the privacy which the Fourth Amendment protects.”
    -Jones vs. U.S., 362 US 257, 273 (1959)
    The best -maybe the only -guardian of your privacy and your rights is YOU!
    Here are some more cases you should be familiar with:
    Brown vs. Texas Davis vs. Mississippi Terry vs. Ohio Miranda vs. Arizona
    The four cases above also deal with the right of an individual to not be questioned by a police officer or government agent. You Do Not Have To Answer Their Questions!
    Refusing to answer questions is NOT a crime… it’s a PROTECTED RIGHT!
    IT CANNOT BE HELD AGAINST YOU!
    CANNOT BE VIEWED AS AN ADMISSION OF GUILT!
    Educate Yourself
    Go to a law library and have the clerk pull the above cases. Make copies of the pertinent parts. You do not have to spend hours, day-after-day in study, to gain a workable knowledge of law. Read just a few cases that apply to situations you might find yourself involved in – being questioned by a police officer, for example. As you read the cases over a few times (maybe two or three times a week) you will begin to recall more and more. Develop a general understanding of the case and learn the case names.
    COMMENT: Violations of any of the above are violations of privacy. They can be treated as a tort, and also a crime. If the conduct of the officer (or government agent) is unlawful, neither good faith, nor provocation, nor ignorance of the law, is a defense to the person or officer committing the wrong. They can be sued in their private capacity.
    A Title 42 Civil Rights law suit in federal court should also be considered

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