posted on May, 27 2011 @ 01:16 AM
First excellent op, it's good to hear from the real people behind the badges on this board. So many threads that show the bad side of law enforcement
have cast many officers in a bad light here.
I've always found that politeness is the key. Turn the vehicle off, wait till the officer approaches to roll the window down. Hands always in visible
sight. Do not start rifling for papers before the officer can get a good visual.
Now the most important thing, in a traffic stop; you never argue on the spot. The officer is not a judge.
I was stopped once by what we can call a jerk, but a jerk with a badge. I politely yes sir'd him to death...he wrote me three tickets. I did not
argue them there but I showed up in court. They made me wait till everyone who agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine had gone first to give the
officer a chance to get to the courtroom. (As a side note I was the only one who pled not guilty.)
He pointed out to the judge my suspicious behavior,I'm a spaz I admit it, but while I may appear to not be paying full attention I have a rather
gifted memory. They brought in a prosecutor and he helped by questioning the officer and the judge asked some questions. When it was my turn to speak
I corrected his account of the ordeal, and then challenged them to pull the records on his unit. I knew the car number he was driving his badge number
the weather...the just about everything on every question the judge asked me and proved that the officer had a faulty recollection. I brought his
testimony into light and showed where he'd made his error and proved my innocence. After I spoke the officer admitted he might have been mistaken,
and I walked out. I didn't pay a cent but I did have to invest my time.
Now the officer believed he was in the right when he stopped me. I knew I was innocent, I knew I could prove it, and I did what few do, I took the
time to prove it.
Lessons from this:
Don't bother arguing it till court
Argue it in court
Take notes, even if just mentally