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I've been pulled over, what can I do?

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Anders Johnson
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Once you've been stopped by the San Francisco police or California Highway Patrol, what do you do now?

The first thing the officer will do is ask you to show your drivers livence, registration and proof of insurance.  You can refuse to give that information, but it is legal for the officer to search your vehicle in any location within the passenger compartment where he or she believes that a drivers license or vehicle registration may be located. 

The officer during this time is observing you for "traditional" indicators of intoxication, such as an odor of alcohol, bloodshot or watery eyes, slurred speech, flushed face, or you fumbling to find your vehicle information.  Keeping your information easily accessible will help avoid the latter observation.

You then will be asked if you have consumed alcohol.  You can refuse to answer, however, your refusal to answer is not sufficient evidence to arrest you.  No matter how you answer, the officer at this point suspects you were driving under the influence. 

He then asks you to exit your vehicle.  What do you do next.  Stay tuned . . .

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