Sunday, August 10, 2014

What to Do When Stopped By the Police

You’re driving along the road one fine afternoon when all of a sudden, you are stopped by a police car. If this should ever happen to you, don’t panic immediately, because as a US citizen, you have rights that protect you from being harassed by the police. These points can help you in this kind of situation.

Basic Rights
The basic right you need to know in arrest situations is that you have the right to remain silent. This basic right is usually stated by the police themselves. You can also refuse any search request involving your person or your car by the police. You have the right to have an attorney. If you have one, call your lawyer immediately. You can also ask the police to provide you one.
Basic Conduct
If the police stopped you, always remain calm. Don’t be aggressive and always keep your hands visible to the police. Most of the time, they will just stop you for questioning. Always keep your hands visible to the police. Show your documents to the police upon request. Police can only search you and your car if they have enough reason to believe you are carrying any weapons or illegal materials, so don’t be resistive.

If you felt like the police violated your rights, don’t threaten the police directly. Write down the details of the arrest. Consult your lawyer so you can file a written complaint to the appropriate authorities.

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