If the police pull you over or stop you on the street, it’s important to know how to handle the situation. For many people, it’s a high-stress situation that they have very little experience with. That can lead to serious mistakes.

To help you get through it, here are seven helpful tips:

  1. If you get out of your car, stay in front of the officers. Never walk behind them.
  2. You don’t have to keep your hands up, per se, but keep them out of your pockets and in clear view at all times.
  3. Do not touch the officer. Even something simple like calmly putting your hand on the officer’s arm while talking to them can be viewed as assault.
  4. Keep your movements slow and predictable, never making any sudden movements.
  5. Do your best to obey all of the commands and directions that the officer gives you right away.
  6. If you don’t know what to say, remember that you do not have to say anything. You have a right to stay silent, and you don’t want to say anything to incriminate yourself.
  7. Remember that the police can lie to you, and they will do so if they think it helps their position.

Of course, just following these tips does not mean that everything is going to play out in your favor. The police may still arrest you. They may still seize cash or other assets with no consent from you, all before you’ve been convicted of a crime. You can still face serious ramifications. It is incredibly important at a time like this to know all of the legal rights that you have.