Q: Is it required by Mississippi state law that I provide my ID during a traffic stop, Or is providing my name good enough?
I was traveling westbound on I 20 at 10:30 at night just after a rain storm. I’m approaching a box truck in the right lane I am in the left lane trying to pass the box truck. I noticed in my mirrors that there is a vehicle approaching me at a high rate of speed in the right hand lane. Therefore I know at this vehicle had jumped in behind me flashing their headlights at me. I ignore them as I thought they were just another road rage driver. A few seconds later they flash their headlights at me again followed by blue lights. I switch over to the right lane with my turn signal and prepare to be pulled over, the next thing I know the cop is passing me at a higher rate of speed as he passes me he turns his blue lights off and flashes me with his spotlight. As I still need to pass the box truck that is now fast approaching me I turn my turn signal over and get back in the left lane. After doing so the cop then swerved over to the right hand line slows down and then pulls back in behind me...
A: Great description of facts. I felt like I was there. I do not know of any state that DOESN'T require you to have your license in your physical possession while driving. And I mean the actual license, not a photo of it on your phone. This is so the officer can determine if it has been altered or not. If you had a valid license at the time, many courts will allow you to get off with proof of correction and payment of a processing fee. There are attorneys that practice Traffic defense in all the states, look for one on Justia or google. Thanks for using Justia, Ask a Lawyer.
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