Newalla, OK asked in Traffic Tickets for Oklahoma

Q: If pulled over does the cop need to tell me what I did wrong before I give ID? Could I be arrested 4 not compliance?

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Doak Willis

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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Tahlequah, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: An officer is under no obligation to first inform you as to the reason that they stop you for a traffic violation. It is always wise to ask in a calm and reasonable manner if indeed you have no idea as to the reason they have stopped you. People usually are aware of the reason but if not ask the officer but don't argue as it usually only escalates into more problems for the driver. As to whether you should hold out on giving your ID to the officer until he tells you the reason for the stop, you should obey the officers request even if he hasn't responded as to the reason you were stopped. Holding out will only possible escalate the situation into a heated exchange where you could be arrested for not complying with their request for your license. Its better to fight it out in Court in front of a Judge instead of with an officer.

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