How to Respond to a Police Contact

1.  I wish to invoke my 5th Amendment right to remain silent.

2.  I wish to invoke my 6th Amendment right to counsel.  My attorney is Wesley Sanders.

3.  You do not have my permission to search my person, car, house or any property.

4.  I do NOT wish to waive any of my rights.

5.  If I am not under arrest, I want to leave and not be detained further.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens if I ignore a ticket?
  • You should never ignore a ticket!  A ticket is a summons to appear in court.  Ignoring it results in the court issuing a "Failure to Appear" which, in some jurisdictions, results in another charge being filed against you and a warrant being issued for your arrest.  
  • The court may also file a non-compliance with the Department of Revenue and have your driver's license suspended for not responding to the summons.  The suspension cannot be lifted until the ticket case is settled and will most likely result in even more fees for reinstatement.

Why do I need an attorney?  Can't I just pay the ticket and be done?
  • Yes, you can sign the back and send it in.  However, everything bad that could happen will happen.  Because it is a plea of guilt, it goes on your driving record and points are assigned to your license.  Insurance companies see it and could increase your rates.  The most important ticket to keep off of your record is the 1st one and then the next one... and the next one... and the next one... 

I already have a warrant.  Can you still help me?
  • Absolutely!  Our first priority is to get the warrant recalled if possible.  We will investigate all components of your case to give you a clear picture of your legal position.  Then, we'll work with you on every component of your legal issue.

Can you keep points off of my driver's license?
  • In most cases we can.  Our primary goal is to keep the consequences of a ticket as minimal as possible.

I hired The Law Office of Wesley Sanders to represent me in a traffic violation.
What happens next?

First, we file an entry of appearance telling the court you have legal representation.  Then, we contact the prosecutor to negotiate a plea agreement.  Every ticket has 3 options:
1.  Plead guilty and anything bad that can happen will happen.

2.  Plead not guilty asserting absolute innocence and request a trial.

3.  Negotiate a plea agreement. Negotiating is the natural process in which the prosecutor and defense attorney discuss the merits of your case to attempt to reach an agreement for a better outcome.  It is not an agreement, but an attempt to reach one.  If you do not agree with the prosecutor's offer, you may enter an "open plea".