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3 Rights to Remember if You’re Pulled Over by the Police YOU HAVE RIGHTS!
One of the key ingredients to law and order in the United States is the idea that everyone, regardless of the situation they find themselves in, has rights. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or what the police think you’ve done — your rights are protected by the law. Most people never have to worry about their rights in their day-to-day lives, but that changes quickly when you see those blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror.
If you find yourself pulled over by the police for any reason, remember you have rights.
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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. Beyond providing necessary documents, such as your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration, you are not required to answer any of the officer’s questions. This includes, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” or “Have you been drinking tonight?” Do not admit, deny, or explain your situation. Instead, assert your Fifth Amendment right to protect against self- incrimination by politely referring any additional questions to your attorney. POLICE OFFICERS CANNOT SEARCH YOUR VEHICLE WITHOUT A WARRANT. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects you from having your vehicle searched without a warrant. If you are pulled over at a traffic stop, do not consent to a search. Your consent negates the need for a warrant. If an officer asks to search your car, it’s okay to say, “Officer, I know you’re doing your job, but I don’t consent to searches.” If the officer suggests you’re trying to hide something, don’t feel pressured into proving your innocence. Politely repeat your refusal. The police can search your vehicle without a warrant if they have probable cause, but that means the officer must first have real evidence to support searching your car. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE A FIELD SOBRIETY TEST. If an officer pulls you over for a suspected DUI, under no circumstances should you agree to participate in a field sobriety test. You have the right to refuse to take a field sobriety test, including a breathalyzer. Georgia police cannot punish you for not taking a sobriety test, and the state cannot hold your refusal against you. Were your rights violated during a traffic stop? Discuss your situation with an experienced driving defense lawyer by calling 404-467-1747 today! Knowing your rights is the first step to protecting them.
A traditional New Year’s favorite in the South, Hoppin’ John includes black-eyed peas that are said to represent coins, a sign of prosperity for the coming year. It’s usually served alongside collard greens, which represent cash.
INGREDIENTS • 1 cup dried
• 1 smoked ham hock • 1 medium onion, diced • 1 cup long-grain white rice
black-eyed peas • 5–6 cups water • 1 dried hot pepper, optional (arbol and Calabrian are great options)
DIRECTIONS 1. Wash and sort peas. 2. In a saucepan, cover peas with water, discarding any that float. 3. Add pepper, ham hock, and onion. Gently boil and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until peas are just tender, about 90 minutes. At this point, you should have about 2 cups of liquid remaining. 4. Add rice, cover, drop heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, undisturbed. 5. Remove from heat and let steam for an additional 10 minutes, still covered. 6. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and serve.
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