Any Houston criminal defense lawyer will tell you that when you drive in our city to watch your speed and be sure not to have any illegal items on your person, or in your vehicle, because the law enforcement agencies operating in and enforcing law in Houston, Texas are downright ferocious.
Police Drive Trucks in Texas
If you think that just because you are driving and speeding in a Hummer, and think you can take the police off-road and lose them, you have another thing coming.
Houston isn’t Los Angeles
The police in Texas will kill and maim anyone who gets in the way of them collaring a criminal offender that has the nerve to make a run for it, and attempt to evade detention.
In the minds of Houston area police there is merely an unexpected shock at the audacity of thought that an alleged offender will escape law enforcement’s apprehension.
What To Do If Stopped By Police in Houston
- Pull over to a safe, well lit area. This is safe for the police officer, and safety for you. Also, do not put the officer in traffic. The safety of the officer is important too. They have families ya know!
- Keep your seatbelt on. We all have a habit of taking off our seatbelts once our vehicles are in park. Do this while pulled over and the police may give and addition citation for not having on your seatbelt. That kind of ticket is a real pain in the ass.
- Politely ask the officer why you were stopped, and give them any information, within reason, that they ask for. If they start asking you things like where you came from, and where you are going, we recommend politely declining the volunteering of any information unrelated to why they are stopping you.
- Accept your citation, and move on.
If you have drugs or other property that may be illegal under the law in the State of Texas, follow the above steps and you may not have a problem.
However, if the police ask to search your vehicle, respectfully decline.
If they search your vehicle anyway, and you know they are going to find whatever illegal property you have, you have to make a judgment call on whether or not to admit the possession of contraband, or to let the cops find and let the chips fall where they may.
In any case, being busted with illegal substances or property in the State of Texas will put your life well within the grasp of the criminal justice system. In which case, you’ll be best served by hiring a criminal defense attorney that can help you fight any misdemeanor or felony criminal accusations levied upon you by law enforcement.