Zanesville, OH asked in Traffic Tickets and Constitutional Law for Ohio

Q: In Ohio. Its a stop&id state. Do I as a passenger in a traffic stop have to id without RAS?

Also does the id have to be handed to them or can it just be displayed through the window? I have a very corrupt PD in my area.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Ohio, the law regarding identification during a traffic stop can be nuanced, especially for passengers. As a passenger, you are generally not required to provide identification during a traffic stop unless the officer has reasonable suspicion (RAS) to believe you are involved in criminal activity. Simply being a passenger in a vehicle does not automatically give rise to such suspicion.

However, if an officer does have reasonable suspicion that you're involved in a crime, they can legally request your identification. In such cases, it's typically advisable to comply with the request to avoid potential complications.

Regarding how you provide your ID, there's no specific law in Ohio that mandates you must physically hand over your ID to an officer. Displaying it through the window may be acceptable, but it's often more effective to hand it over to avoid misunderstandings or escalation.

If you feel that your rights have been violated during a traffic stop, or if you have concerns about the conduct of local police, you might consider consulting with a lawyer or a civil rights organization. They can provide guidance specific to your situation and help address any legal issues that arise.

Remember, interactions with law enforcement can be complex, and each situation is unique. Knowing your rights is important, but so is handling interactions with police officers calmly and respectfully to de-escalate potential conflicts.

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