When you hear the sirens behind you, the first thing to remember is not to panic. Just take a deep breath and pull over as safely as possible. Do not take off your seat belt as you might get a traffic ticket for this as well. Do not open the glove compartment to get your registration. Do keep your hands on the steering wheel so the Officer can see them and roll down your window. Then when he asks for your registration and license, you can retrieve them for him.
Now that you he has your information, he is going to run your license plate to make sure your car is not stolen. Then he will run your license to make sure it’s not suspended and confirm you do not have a warrant for your arrest. Not that he feels reasonably safe, he will go in for the kill. He will ask you “Mr. Jones do you know why I pulled you over”? Most people at this point want to be helpful and say “because I was speeding?” The game is over. You just confessed to speeding. The Police Officer will now probably write you a ticket and put a note on it that you admitted it. He may even tell you he clocked you doing 80 miles per hour in a 40 miles per hour zone. He may even start to lecture you about speeding and the fact that you are an accident waiting to happen.
Of course by this time, you will try one of two wrong approaches. You will first start to argue that there is no way you could be doing 80 miles per hour because your car is not that fast. Or you will say that you were just keeping up with traffic and he got the wrong car. Or you might try the sweet approach by saying you are sorry but you needed to get to work or you had a date with a hot girl and didn’t want to miss it. Neither of these approaches is smart.
To win you case in Court the best thing you can do is nothing. First, when he asks you why you think he pulled you over, you should say, “no I don’t” in a very polite tone. When he tells you why, don’t say anything. Don’t say “I wasn’t speeding”. Don’t say “I did not go through that stop sign”. The reason you should say nothing is you will never win an argument with a Police Officer. Worst of all, he will remember you. You want the entire encounter to be unremarkable. You don’t want him to remember you for being too nice, too argumentative, too sweet, too flirty, or too stupid. Just be like vanilla ice cream. That is, polite such that the whole interaction is over as quickly as possible.
Then call a traffic ticket lawyer to fight your ticket. Let them argue with the cop. Let them tell the Judge what a SOB the cop was. Let the ticket lawyer do your dirty work in the courtroom. The courtroom is the only place where the playing field between cops and defendants are almost even. I say almost because unless the cop is known by the Judge for being a liar, the Judge will defer to the cop most of the time. But no worries. A ticket lawyer can usually have ninety nine percent of their tickets end with no points and no traffic school. In fact, about half are dismissed outright if you hire a good traffic ticket lawyer.
So the next time you get pulled over by the cops remember the following. Stay cool, keep your hand on the wheel, be polite and make the whole encounter as unremarkable as possible.