Steve DuckettSteven L. Duckett, Jr. was born and raised in the DC suburbs of Northern Virginia. He attended Paul VI High School (1990), University of Richmond (1994) and Valparaiso University School of Law (1997). Mr. Duckett has spent the entirety of his legal career practicing in criminal and traffic law. He created the law firm of Steven L. Duckett, Jr., P.C. in April 2001.
Host: What should I say to the officer when I am pulled over for speeding?
Steve Duckett: Well there are two things to think about; one is what you should say and one is what you should not say. What you should say is, a polite greeting to the officer and keep things friendly. However, you should not admit that you are late for picking up your kid from school or you are late for a meeting or anything like that. You certainly shouldn't say if the officer says do you know why I pulled you over. If you know you shouldn't tell them because that just helps build the case against you. Remember, anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. You hear it on TV all the time; people tend to forget it when they are under stressful situations like encountering officers. So these are important things to remember. Don't argue with the officer, if the officer says well I had you going 75 in a 55 mile an hour zone. There is really no point in arguing. He has got a radar machine; it says that he is going to believe what the radar machine says way before he is going to believe anything that you have to say. So, there is no point in arguing as to whether or not you were going that fast. It's probably best just to say, well, I didn't realize that officer and I am sorry. Saying you are sorry doesn't necessarily mean into admission of guilt; saying you're sorry that you didn't realized it is different saying I am sorry that I did it. These are just important things to remember, but the most important thing again, don't say that you knew you were going that fast; don't say that you knew you ran that red light and don't say that you are late for a meeting; don't say that whatever it is, whatever the reason was it, you were breaking the law. Don't tell the officer what that reason was because believe me they will use that against you every single time.