How to Properly Interact with Law Enforcement

by | Aug 31, 2020 | Criminal Defense

The news has been flooded recently with police encounters that have gone bad quickly. It is important to know what you should and should not do if you are stopped by the police.

First, if you have been stopped by the police in a public place, know your rights. Know that you have the right to remain silent and you absolutely do not have to answer any questions about where you are going, why you are on a certain road or where you are traveling from. You do have to provide your name, identification and proof of insurance in a traffic stop, but nothing else. If you wish to exercise your right to remain silent, say to the officer:

“I am exercising my constitutional right to remain silent.”

Secondly, stay calm.

Do not run.

Do not resist arrest.

Do not assault a police officer.

Do not yell.

Do not lie or give false documents to the officer.

Do not act in an aggressive way and keep your hands where the officer can see them at all times.

If you are arrested, immediately explain that you are exercising your right to remain silent and that you are requesting an attorney.

Say nothing else.

Do not sign anything else.

Wait for your attorney to arrive to assist you and to ensure that your rights are being protected. If you have been arrested or detained and need an attorney.

We at Agricola Law, will be glad to assist you. Let our family help your family. Call 334-759-7557