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Most people have a preconceived notion of what it would be like to be arrested, at least as far as the initial procedure goes. Television and movies have conditioned us to believe that if you are pulled over for a driving offense, you will be made to walk a straight line to see if you are intoxicated and if so that you will be handcuffed, read your rights and put in the back of a patrol car with the help of the arresting officer. Or, you might have seen scenes of the police knocking repeatedly at your door and loudly announcing “police, open up!” In reality though, the arrest process is less glamorous.  


How Long Does A Traffic Stop Last?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Seeing the flash of a police cruiser’s lights in your rear view mirror makes your heart jump to your throat. When this happens, your best move is to signal you are pulling over and then come to a stop as you wait for the officer to approach your window. Once stopped, remain calm and respectful when answering any questions. If ticketed it may go against your gut feeling, but thank the officer and then resume driving to your destination. Sounds easy enough, right? However, a traffic stop becomes more than routine when you are unsure as to when it has ended. The general rule is that the officer may detain a driver only as long as it takes to complete the actions relative to the initial reason for the stop.  


Cops & Cameras

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  • Mar 18, 2014

A lot of e-ink has been used to discuss the practical and legal issues of filming police officers in the course of duty.