Stopped By Police
Know What To Do and LIVE!!!
1. Stay in control of emotions, words and body language.
2. Don’t get into an argument with the police. Anything you say or do can be used against you.
3. Keep your hands where police can see them.
4. Don’t run. Don’t touch any police officer.
5. Don’t resist even if you believe you are innocent.
6. Don’t complain on the scene or tell police they are wrong or that you are going to file a complaint.
7. Don’t make any statements regarding the incident.
8. Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest.
9. Don’t give police officers permission to search you. If you open your bag, you are consenting to a search and consenting may affect your rights later in court. Do not resist physically, but do state very loud and clear, “I DO NOT CONSENT TO A SEARCH.”
10. Remain silent. The less you say, the better. IT IS NOT A CRIME TO REFUSE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.
Ask, am I free to go? If not, you are being detained. The police may detain you for reasonable suspicion of illegal activity.
You don’t have to answer a police officer’s questions, but you must show your driver’s license and registration when stopped in a car.
In other situations, you can’t legally be arrested for refusing to identify yourself to a police officer.