A: No In Pennsylvania, your right to a lawyer or to advice of counsel does not "attach" - come into being - until you are formally arrested or placed in "custody". This happens when - under all of the circumstances - a reasonable person would not feel free to drive away. The facts of each case determine this. Still, if at any time during the officer's stop, you believe you need a lawyer, it is always good policy to ask for one. Please remember to be polite and courteous at all times. You must refrain from any rude, disrespectful or "know it all" behavior.