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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: If pulled over for moving violation in WA, can officers automatically order you out of vehicle w/out lawful grounds?

I read 2018 officers pocket manual and on pg 2-22 it states- "once you have made a legal stop of a vehicle for a traffic offense, you automatically have the authority to order the occupants to stay inside or to exit the vehicle"

Is this true?

Reason I ask is I was stopped... View More

Emily Beschen
Emily Beschen
answered on Jan 18, 2018

Assuming that you were stopped lawfully, and lawfully detained at the time, law enforcement can ask you to exit the vehicle.

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