Don Vaughan, Attorney, has been practicing law for more than thirty-three years. He has spent most of his life in North Carolina, where he was born in Greensboro.
Don Vaughan, Attorney, represents clients in a variety of criminal matters, including DWI, speeding tickets, felonies and misdemeanors. His firm also works with post-conviction criminal clients in cases dealing with probation hearings, parole hearings, governor's pardons and expunctions, which is having a criminal record removed. "Additionally," Don Vaughan, Attorney says, "we handle personal injury matters relating to auto accidents, and various other personal injury claims. our attorneys also work with real estate closings, last wills and testaments, and various types of civil litigation and business litigation."
His long years of experience in the law has given Don Vaughan, Attorney, an insider's perspective on interacting with the authorities, and he has some pragmatic advice for motorists who are pulled over. "Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible," he recommends. "Turn off the car, turn on the internal light, open the window part way, and place your hands on the wheel. Be polite to the officer. Upon request, show police your driver's license, registration and proof of insurance. If an officer asks to look inside your car, you can refuse to consent to the search. But if police believe your car contains evidence of a crime, your car can be searched without your consent in many cases."
Never argue with the officer, Don Vaughan, Attorney continues, and above all do not fight. He says both drivers and passengers of the car have the right to remain silent. And passengers, he says, can ask if they are free to leave.
Do not argue or fight with the officer. Both drivers and passengers have the right to remain silent. If you are a passenger, you can ask if you are free to leave, and if the officer says yes, then you may. Most important, Don Vaughan, Attorney, says that if you are arrested, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.