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What are my rights in a random car check?

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In the ask Super Lawyers feature of Texas Monthly magazine, Dallas criminal defense lawyer Warren Abrams answers the question: If I'm pulled over at a random car check, what rights do I have?

Here is his answer about your rights. The complete text follows the reproduction from Texas Monthly.


Safety comes first. If stopped, remain in your car while the police officer approaches and keep your hands in view on the steering wheel. Don't reach under your seat, into your glove box or make any furtive gestures. Furthur, do not be rude, belligerent or argumentative to the police.

If the officer asks for your name, driver's license, registration or insurance, you should provide that information. Beyond that, do not answer any questions if you are detained or arrested. You should also refuse any request to search your person, car or home.

Refrain from asking the police why they are conducting a random check at your particular location. However, keep in mind that if charged with a crime, you have the right to contest the stop by hiring a lawyer to go to court, file a motion on your behalf or have a motion to suppress hearing to address the legality and constitutionality of the stop.

Before any trip, make sure there are no alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia or other illegal contraband in your car. But if the police do find something illegal in your car, call your attorney and make no statements to the police.

The criminal defense law office of Warren Abrams handles all types of criminal law cases.

Warren Abrams is a Board Certified Criminal Lawyer (only 5% of lawyers in Texas are Board Certified) and has been Board Certified since 1988. When choosing a lawyer to represent you in court, why not choose a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist over an attorney who is not Board Certified?

Let Warren Abrams, a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist and Former Chief Prosecutor with the District Attorney's Office, put his 30-plus years of trial experience to your advantage.

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