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You're Getting Pulled Over...What Now?

Steve Wagner

Getting pulled over by the police can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially with all of the recent news about police brutality and sexual assaults from actual officers, as well as people impersonating officers.

While we always recommend pulling over if you see those red and blue lights behind you, there are a few ways to ensure your safety while you do so. We urge you to take extra caution if the car pulling you over is unmarked, or if it is nighttime, you can’t see the car pulling you over, or if you are in a dark or unpopulated area.

What should you do if you see the red and blue?

  • Don’t panic. Speeding up, evading the police officer, or displaying erratic behavior will only land you in more trouble.
  • If you are uncomfortable pulling over in your current location, it is okay to find a safe spot. Turn on your flashers, slow down, and indicate that you are searching for a well-lit or populated area in which to pull over.
  • If you suspect the car pulling you over may be someone impersonating an officer, it is completely acceptable to call 911 and ask them if there is a legitimate officer dispatched in that area. They may be able to tell you if the person pulling you over is an officer. Even if they can’t tell you, they can stay on the line with you during your interaction and ensure your safety.

Wagner Reese – Indiana Injury Attorneys

Your safety is of the utmost importance, so don’t take any risks if you are feeling wary about the situation. If you have any questions about a recent stop by the police, or an arrest you have experienced, the civil rights and police brutality attorneys at Wagner Reese are here to answer your questions at (888) 204-8440.


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