After cell phone footage appeared on FOX13 that depicted what seemed to be a Southaven traffic stop, Lynnanne Nguyen spoke to attorneys John Michael Bailey and Tressa Valentine Johnson of John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers about the officer’s forcible removal of the vehicle’s driver. While Bailey recognized that the driver did the right thing by pulling over and speaking with the officer, there are few things the driver may have been able to do to prevent what transpired.
Though the driver spoke to the officer, he did not comply with the officer’s multiple orders to exit the vehicle. While Bailey notes that the driver had the right to ask why he had been pulled over, Johnson added that “[y]ou need to comply with the officer.” Bailey further noted that it appeared that the steering column of the car was broken, which may have served as probable cause for the officer to remove the driver.
Little more is known about the incident than what is shown in the video, but Bailey and Johnson urge drivers who find themselves is similar situations to remain calm, listen to officers, and to remember any details you can—for instance, badge numbers, car numbers, and officer names. Though Bailey notes that you have the right to record the police, he states, “I would notify the officer.”
The National Trial Lawyers Association selected attorney John Michael Bailey as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States for 2015. This group includes premier trial lawyers from across the nation who meet strict qualifications in the areas of civil plaintiff or criminal defense law. This vote of confidence is one of the highest accolades a trial lawyer can receive among colleagues.
When asked for comment John Michael Bailey said, “It is an honor to be recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association but the key to my success has always been the trust and confidence that my clients place in me to represent them and their families in times of crisis.”
Local Attorney John Michael Bailey, of John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s top one percent of attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.
Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of vested leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.
When asked for comment John Michael Bailey said, “I’m very honored to be recognized by the NADC but what I’m most proud of is being able to help my clients get the justice they deserve!”