ANSWERS: 8
  • I don't believe the officer is required by law to tell you anything, for if you are going to net a citation, you will find out soon enough. Be it as it is, I believe most of the cops will be amiable enough to explain the traffic stop.
  • Being on both sides of this fence, i see no reason why the officer should not answer your question. During the initial approach, the officer should automatically explain the reason for the stop.
  • My training is to have the conversation go like this: "Good evening sir/ma'am, I'm Officer _______ of the _________ Police Department. The reason that I have pulled your vehile over this evening is _________, may I see your operator's license, registration, and insurance card please." It is not required to tell someone why you have pulled them over, at least in any law or administrative regulation, and it is not in the general orders of my department, but I view it as a courtesy to the driver. It is a possibility that the officer who pulled you over just forgot...happens to everyone.
  • It is more important to ask the L.E.O after you have accepted the citation/warning etc. if the incident is concluded. If he says yes the probable cause for the for this stop is concluded. He will need a "new" probable cause for a new stop, law enforcement can not arbitrarily pull you over and start an investigation w/o probable cause.
  • Officer has to tell you if you are being arrested, otherwise he do not need to tell you anything and so as you do not need to tell him anything.
  • He's not required to tell you anything. But there's usually no real reason not to.
  • that probably depends on which officer youre talking to
  • My experience has been that the officer answers your question when it is asked. Not sure if this is a requirement. It should be.

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