A Police Officer may stop your vehicle if they observe a traffic or equipment violation. They may also stop your vehicle for several other reasons such as your vehicle may match one used in a crime, the Officer may want to warn you about a potentially dangerous situation, or the Police Officer thinks you may need help or may have witnessed a crime. These are some of the reasons (but not all) an Officer may stop you:
There are many reasons a Police Officer may approach you on the street including:
This is certainly not a list of all the reasons you may be stopped; however, even though the delay might be inconvenient, the Police Officer believes there is a reasonable suspicion to stop you and ask questions.
You can take a few steps to remain calm and cooperative with the Police Officer including the following:
Yes. The Police can stop a person and ask questions without "arresting" the person. Upon seeing suspicious activity, the Police may perform what is called a "Terry Stop" and may temporarily detain people to request that they identify themselves and to question them about the suspicious activity.