When you're pulled over by a police officer do you have to get out the vehicle and roll down your window all the way

Expert's Assistant chat
Customer: Good afternoon, when you're pulled over by a police officer do you have to get out the vehicle and roll down your window all the way down?
Answered by ScottK929 in 3 mins 7 months ago
imglogo
ScottK929
10+ years of experience
logo

2454 Satisfied customers

Expert in: Family Law, Legal, Estate Law, Real Estate Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Business Law, Consumer Protection Law, Bankruptcy Law, Traffic Law, Personal Injury Law.

logoBack
logologo
ScottK929
logo
logo
2454 Satisfied customers
logo
10+ years of experience
imglogo
ScottK929
10+ years of experience
logo

2454 Satisfied customers

Jessica

Jessica

Consultant

31,131 Satisfied customers

Pearl avatar
Lawyer's, Assistant
116 Lawyers are online right now.
img

ScottK929, Expert

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. My name is ***** ***** I will be assisting you with your question.  

JustAnswer provides general information and assistance on legal issues. We do not provide legal advice or enter into attorney-client relationships. This response should not be considered legal advice. If you require this type of assistance, please contact a local attorney.

You may receive a phone call request which is automated from this website. You may choose to ignore this request and we will interact through this chat format. If you are interested in having a one-on-one conversation and accept the phone call request, please be aware that there is an additional charge for this service.

Very good question.

Yesm you do if you are directed to do so by the officer.

Customer
Can you explain why? I thought you only had to show your license and insurance.
img

ScottK929, Expert

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld that authority in a 1977 case - Pennsylvania v. Mimms.

img

ScottK929, Expert

Considered reasonable in the context of a traffic stop.

img

ScottK929, Expert

And failure to comply can potentially become of crime in and of itself.

Customer
Does Pennsylvania vs. Mimms apply to Texas law?
img

ScottK929, Expert

Good question.

Absolutely.  Supreme Court cases regarding officer conduct and the U.S. Constitution apply everywhere.

img

ScottK929, Expert

Do you have additional questions?

Customer
Do you have to verbally communicate?
img

ScottK929, Expert

To an officer's questions?  Yes, unless you are unable to.

img

ScottK929, Expert

Physically unable to, that is.

img

ScottK929, Expert

You're not required to self-incriminate yourself.  But response to some questioning, if you don't response, that could trigger additional - probably unwanted conduct.

Customer
Thank you sir.
img

ScottK929, Expert

A person shouldn't be detained/arrested simply for failure to answer any questions - beyond, perhaps name and other required identifying materials.  That is absolutely true.  But the actions of the officer if or when someone fails to answer is usually - at the least - less than desirable.

Again, the context is relevant.  Refusing to engage after a traffic stop is different than if one is simply walking down the street, etc.

img

ScottK929, Expert

I do hope this information is helpful.  If you have any additional questions or need further assistance, just reach out and we can continue this conversation.

I wish you the best moving forward.

Respectfully,

Scott

JustAnswer provides general information and assistance on legal issues. We do not provide legal advice or enter into attorney-client relationships. This response should not be considered legal advice. If you require this type of assistance, please contact a local attorney.

Ask a lawyer and get your legal questions answered.
See all Legal Questions
img
How it works
logoAsk for help, 24/7
Ask for help, 24/7
Members enjoy round-the-clock access to 12,000+ verified Experts, including doctors, lawyers, tech support, mechanics, vets, home repair pros, more.
logoExpert will respond in minutes
Expert will respond in minutes
After you reach out, we match you with an Expert who specializes in your situation. Talk, text, chat, whichever you prefer.
logoSave time & money
Save time & money
No scheduling hassles, missing time from work, or expensive consults.
A JustAnswer membership can save you significant time and money each month.
img
logo 593 Verified lawyers, 10+ years of experience
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on Askalawyeroncall.com are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. Askalawyeroncall.com is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response as proposing specific action or addressing your specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances should be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on any information received from an Expert, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains. The responses above are from independent, freelance Experts, who are not employed by Askalawyeroncall.com . The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credentials of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service.
Explore law categories
Powered by JustAnswer