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Exploring defense options when charged with traffic offenses

It can be an unnerving experience to be pulled over by police in Indiana. Many times, the person being pulled over has no idea why until the officer approaches and states a reason. In such situations, it's not uncommon to people to worry about how traffic offenses will affect their lives. However, remaining calm and paying close attention to the process that follows may help in recalling the events later should one need to do so for legal purposes.

It is advisable for anyone pulled over in a traffic stop to be aware of his or her immediate surroundings. If an officer accuses a motorist of a traffic violation, certain details about the surrounding area may help provide a defense. For instance, if one's driving view was obstructed or something else happened to cause the situation, this would be useful information to relay to one's attorney should one choose to hire defense support.

There are various rules and regulations governing the actions of authorities making traffic stops. If one is ticketed for traffic offenses, it is best to seek clarification of state law regarding such protocol to determine whether any personal rights were violated. At the scene, it is always best to be polite and non-aggressive when speaking to the officer that made the stop and submit to his or her requests.

No one wants a long list of traffic offenses on his or her driving record. A marred record can have a lasting negative impact on one's life in many ways, such as impeding certain types of employment opportunities that involve driving or causing an increase in insurance premiums. Anyone in Indiana accused of moving violations or other traffic offenses may seek experienced guidance to discuss how best to address the situation in court.

Source: FindLaw, "What to Do During Traffic Stops", Accessed on Oct. 19, 2016

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