When you hear about police officers seizing cash and other assets from civilians, a contentious practice that they often try to blame on alleged drug sales, you may find yourself thinking that the best way to avoid this is to avoid contact with the officers in the first place. After all, they do not typically approach you with the intent of seizing assets. The interaction happens for another reason, they claim that you were involved in a drug-related activity, and then they take the cash or assets that they say connect to that illegal activity. You can avoid the entire issue by avoiding the initial confrontation.
The best way to do this is to avoid traffic stops. The Bureau of Justice Statistics notes that “the most common reason for contact with the police is being a driver in a traffic stop.”
Traffic stops happen for all manner of reasons, including:
- Breaking the speed limit
- Driving with a broken headlight
- Swerving within the lane
- Getting into a minor accident or having a near miss
- Making an illegal turn
- Driving the wrong way down a one-way street
- Driving with your lights off at night
- Having something in the car that obstructs your vision
These are just a few examples, but these are the types of things you want to avoid. Remember, they can pull you over for many minor reasons, and that’s when things begin to escalate if they find cash in the car, claim they smell drugs or something along those lines. If you don’t give them reason to stop you in the first place, you can stay out of trouble.
Of course, as noted, they have many excuses to stop your car. If they do, make sure you know what legal options you have.