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You haven’t done anything wrong. You’re driving the speed limit. You’re sober. You have your seat belt on. You have not made a single driving mistake, but a police officer still pulls up behind you and flips on the flashing lights. Do you have to pull over?

You do. It doesn’t matter that you do not yet know the reason for the stop or that you think there is not a reason. In fact, you’re supposed to move over to get out of the way of a police car with its lights on even if it is not trying to stop you. This allows the officer to pass quickly and potentially get to the scene of a crime. When you see the lights come on, pull to the side of the road and see if the police are coming to talk to you or not. 

Now, just because you have to pull over doesn’t mean that you admit that you’re guilty of any kind of crime. It doesn’t even mean this was a legal traffic stop. The police need a reason for every stop, and they may not have one. But the place to fight for that right isn’t on the road, by refusing to pull over. You simply need to go to court to defend your rights and to show that the stop never should have taken place. That is the only safe way to address something like this. 

Illegal stops do happen. Some officers make these stops just hoping to find impaired drivers, for instance. If this happens to you, be sure you know what defense options you have