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Traffic Violations

Student Legal Services can provide advice on traffic citations issued locally during our drop-in hours, which are posted on our drop-ins webpage. Student Legal Services recommends that all students involved in traffic stops:

  1. Respond politely and courteously to the officer(s).
  2. Show your driver's license and proof of insurance upon request.
  3. Remember that, with exception, the general rule is that the U.S. and Oregon constitutions give you the right to refuse to allow a search of your person or car. You may state simply and clearly, "I do not consent to a search." However, if the officer searches your vehicle anyway, do not get aggressive or rude—this will not help you in the long run.
  4. Also, both constitutions permit you to refuse to answer any questions or perform any "field sobriety tests" for the officer(s) unless you voluntarily decide to do so. It is normally best to speak with your attorney before answering any questions, doing coordination tests, or permitting any search.
  5. If you are given a ticket, you should sign it or you can be arrested. Signing the ticket merely indicates that you agree to appear in court. You can always challenge the ticket once you get to court.
  6. If you are suspected of DUI/DWI and refuse a blood, urine, or breath test, your driver's license may be suspended.

Please bring any and all of the following documents with you to drop-ins to help expedite the process:

  • The ticket
  • Any court documents (letters, etc.) related to the incident
  • Any docs from towing agencies and/or the towing commission (if towed)

We encourage you to visit our helpful tips web page page for more information.