Police Encounters

When you are stopped by the police it is important to treat them with respect while protecting your rights. Keep your hands where the police can see them. Do not run. Running can be used as evidence of guilt. Remain calm and polite. Ask if you are free to leave. If the officer indicates you are fee to leave then calmly and silently walk away. Be sure to ask the question if you are free to leave as earlier as possible during the encounter. Do not argue, resist, interfere with or obstruct the police investigation even if you feel you are innocent or the police are violating your rights. If the police are violating your rights then you will be successful on a motion to suppress at court. If you are requested to provide identification then do it. Do not lie or give false statements. If your answer incriminates you then exercise your right to remain silent and politely decline to answer the question and ask for a lawyer. If you want to remain silently you must tell the officer out loud that you want to exercise your right to remain silent and do not wish to answer question. You must also say out loud that you want an attorney. Remember the details of the encounter and write them down as soon as possible after the encounter.

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