What should I say to a police officer if I'm pulled over for speeding?

Nothing! Rule number one is to never admit guilt. This doesn't mean you have to be rude to the officer. It simply means that if the officer asks you ANYTHING, simply state that you are "invoking your right to remain silent," and provide the officer your driver's license, registration, and insurance info. Too many people think they can talk their way out of a ticket, and end up sinking their case at trial by inadvertently making an admission of guilt. 

Keep in mind that when you are stopped for a routine traffic stop, police do NOT need to read you your Miranda rights in order to use your statements against you at trial. 

-D.R. Wilson

Why Hire a Lawyer to Fight a Traffic Ticket?

Unfortunately many people simply pay their traffic tickets because they assume there is no defense, or they just want to pay the ticket to get the case over with. However, when a traffic ticket could result in a criminal conviction, points on your license, or even jail time, fighting the ticket is absolutely necessary. 

For example, sometimes prosecutors fail to understand that many Judges will approve people for defensive driving courses, despite the excessive speed in the case. These defensive driving courses ultimately result in the client's case being dismissed with no jail time or points on their license. Having a lawyer who understands this process is crucial to criminal traffic defense. It's just another example where knowledge is power. 

-D.R. Wilson

I Think I May be Accused of a Crime, Should I Tell the Police my Side of the Story?

Absolutely NOT. In fact, speaking to the police opens the door for police to misinterpret and twist your words against you. Police are actually trained to lie to you in order to get you to say things that make you look guilty. The fact that you remained silent cannot be used against you at trial. If you absolutely want to speak to police, do it through your attorney. 

-D.R. Wilson

Do Police Need to Read Me Miranda Rights?

No. This is why it is so important to understand the limited impact of a police officer's failure to read your Miranda rights. Very few cases are actually dismissed because of an officer's failure to read Miranda rights. Typically the only remedy you have when an officer doesn't read you your Miranda rights is that a jury doesn't hear what you said to police. That's why it's so important to discuss the details of the facts of your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney before banking on the fact that you were not read your Miranda rights.

- D.R. Wilson