November 17th, 2011
The police can stop your vehicle upon reasonable suspicion. If police stop you, try not to be scared or nervous. Here I explain what you need to know to safeguard your rights when dealing with the police. A well-informed civilian is an empowered civilian.
- You have the right to decline a search of yourself, your car or your home.
- If you are not arrested or detained, you can leave
- You have the right to contact a criminal lawyer if you are arrested
- Regardless of your citizenship status, you have constitutional rights
- The officer does not have the power to stop you purely as a pretext, without sufficient legal basis, to find evidence
- If you are arrested, then you have right to speak with a lawyer before answering police questions, you have a right not to sign anything given to you by the police, and you should not sign or do anything without your lawyer’s consent
- If you are unhappy with how you were treated by the police, you can file a complaint but it is better that you do this after your criminal case is resolved.
- Do not interfere with police
- Do not argue with the police
- Do not argue even if you are innocent
- Do not make any statements regarding the incident, since things you believe are not hurtful may later incriminate you
- You must show your license, registration and other documents to the cop during a traffic stop
- Do not touch or run when the police officer stops you
Think carefully when you are speaking with the cop because anything that you say or do may be turned against you. The best free advice a suspect can get is to REMAIN SILENT. Hire a lawyer to speak on your behalf and fight for your rights.