Do You Have to Talk to the Police When You Get Pulled Over?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA For most motorists, looking in the rearview mirror and seeing the flashing lights of a police car is not a welcome sight. Even if you have done nothing worse than forget to renew your plates or fix a broken taillight, it is still an inconvenience to be pulled over while driving. What if the reason you are pulled over is for something more serious though? For example, what if you have been drinking and you get pulled over or you have contraband in the vehicle? Do you have to talk to the police when you get pulled over? Most people have heard the now famous Miranda rights read to a suspect in one of the many reality cop shows or at least in a television drama or Hollywood blockbuster. Among the rights read to a suspect is the right to remain silent. Your right to remain silent is one of the most powerful and important rights you have as a citizen of the United States; yet, the vast majority of the people in the U.S. who are confronted by law enforcement waive that


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