Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I was only stopped for a minor offense, why did two or three other police officers show up?
A: Officers in the area of a traffic stop routinely stop and check on their fellow officer conducting a motor vehicle stop—it’s for officer safety.
Q: Why did the officer “sneak up” on the side of my car?
A: Police officers are trained to minimize their exposure to traffic to keep from getting hit by passing vehicles. Also, officers don’t know who you area; you may be a wanted felon. The officer is just being cautious and trying to assess the stop. Once the officer feels that there is little danger, he/she will show himself/herself.
Q: Why do officers stay in their car so long? What are they doing?
A: The officer is “running” or verifying the information you gave him. National and Statewide computer checks are being processed and that takes a couple of minutes.
Q: The Police Officer wrote me a ticket and I feel that I didn’t deserve it. What should I do?
A: If you don’t agree with a ticket that an officer wrote you, the side of the road is NOT the place to contest it. Each driver that is issued a ticket has a right to an appeal. Call the the 23rd District Court to set up a court date. There you will be given an opportunity to state your case. Once an officer issues a ticket, he cannot take it back. The only person that can dismiss a ticket is the magistrate or the judge.