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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Your Rights In A Traffic Stop

In light of the Brett Darrow police encounter, what are your rights when a cop pulls you over? I invited Scott Morgan of onto my show this afternoon to explain what information you must provide, what you should and shouldn't say, what to do when the officer asks for permission to search your car, and on and on.

Of course, all this advice comes with the caveat that even if you do everything you're constitutionally permitted to do, the cop could still go ballistic on you or even take you off to jail -- a situation you'll have to deal with later, or a decision you should weigh at the time, because even if you're proven to be in the right later on, it may still be a lot more hassle than you want. That doesn't mean you should always be willing to give up your rights, just so you're aware of what you're facing, right or wrong.