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DuPage County criminal defense attorney traffic violation

Getting pulled over when you are driving is never a good feeling. You may be worried about the ticket price of the traffic violation or be concerned about the other consequences that may follow. As of late, Americans have become increasingly concerned about their personal safety during interactions with law enforcement. With racial tensions at an all-time high and police-civilian interactions especially contentious, routine traffic stops can make many drivers more nervous than normal.

When being pulled over, it is important to remember that police officers are equally as cautious about potential dangers as the driver. Police officers risk their lives on a daily basis, and many have seen their friends and co-workers get severely or fatally injured while on the job. In order to put both the police officer and driver at ease, it is important that Illinois drivers adhere to the following guidelines.

How to Interact With an Officer

The way that you engage with a police officer as he or she approaches your vehicle can quickly determine how smoothly your interaction will proceed. Depending on your tone, attitude, and actions, your conversation with the police officer can end with a warning, ticket, or arrest. In order to avoid escalating your interaction with the officer, consider the following guidelines:

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stop and frisk, Cook County criminal defense attorneysA stop and frisk occurs when a policer officer has a reasonable suspicion that you are going to commit or have already committed a crime. Therefore, the officer stops and searches you. Various states across the nation have stop and frisk policies. However, these policies have come under scrutiny as opponents argue that they target people of color disproportionately and are ineffective at curbing violent crime. 

Why Do Police Officers Conduct Stop and Frisk Searches?

The short answer is is that a stop and frisk is conducted in order to gather evidence for a crime in which the police have a reasonable suspicion has occurred or is in the process of occurring. The theory law enforcement relies on is that there are circumstances in which they would ordinarily need to obtain a warrant to conduct a search. However, due to the nature of the crime they are investigating, doing so would substantially impede law enforcement's ability to gather the evidence before it is destroyed or before a member of the public is injured.

Why Are Stop and Frisk Searches Controversial? 

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