Attorney gets pulled over

A Hudson, WI attorney was pulled over recently when a driver called the police because of his driving behavior. The North Hudson police proceeded to pull him over based on the information from the caller, which is legal, but the police are taking a chance that the person making the call knows what he / she is talking about. Normally a more experienced cop would probably make his own observations before making the stop; however, this is legal for the police to investigate as long as the caller gives sufficient facts that a crime may be in progress.

While the details of what the person saw are suspect at best in this case, the police pulled over the attorney and was generally polite as they should be. If you watch the video, you will note that the attorney initially refuses to take what is known as field sobriety test (PST), and offers to take a PBT, a preliminary breath test.

Generally speaking, a driver is within his / her right to refuse any of the PST’s. These tests more often than not, only serve the purpose of giving the police more evidence against you, and are not in your best interest.

I assume that the attorney in this case offered to take the PBT, because he knew he had not been drinking. You should also note that he gave a reasonable explanation for any driving conduct that may have given cause for concern.

The cop in this case was more interested in having the driver do things his way and repeatedly kept asking for more PSTs no matter how much this driver attempted to show that he was not impaired.

You can make your own judgment call on how well this attorney performed on the test that he attempted, but just imagine yourself or anyone else in the same circumstances if alcohol or some other substance was affecting your driving. Did you notice the test where the driver was asked to hold his head back as far as he could, with arms out to the side, and attempt to guesstimate 30 seconds? Please do not miss the fact that the cop then held it against him that he overestimated the 30 seconds. The driver stated that he wanted to be sure and actually wanted to be over rather than under. How is a person, even one who is not impaired, to know what the cop is looking for in this situation? How many people do you know that could complete this correctly?

Sadly enough this stop ended as they often do, with the driver being placed under arrest, which may or may not have been justified under the circumstances. If you are pulled over by the police, be polite; make sure you have some idea of why you are being stopped. After the police have verified your credentials, they should give you a citation for your driving infraction which you can contest later. 

You have a right to refuse any testing while on the road. You also have a right not to answer any questions other than your name, address, and date of birth. I would highly suggest that you use your right to remain silent, and call an aggressive criminal defense attorney to vindicate your rights, and get you the best possible results.

The Law Offices of W.H. Davis, P.A. offers aggressive and effective legal representation, we can be reached at 612- 206-3789 or check us out on the web;

In summary, please remember these important points:

· Always be polite
· Make sure you have some idea of why you are being stopped
· You have a right to refuse any testing while on the road
· You have a right not to answer any questions other than your name, address, and date of birth
· Use your right to remain silent
· Have the number of an aggressive criminal defense attorney programmed into your phone 


If you would like to view the video follow the link below;
Traffic Stop

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