Police

When dealing with a Police Officer…

  • You must identify yourself to a police officer investigating a traffic offense or a crime, or you risk being taken into custody; if you give a false name you will be subject to new charges
  • You do not have to answer any questions other than “What is your name.”
  • You do not have to tell the officer what you are doing.
  • You do not have to let the officer search your pockets, purse, backpack, car or any other property of yours.
  • You can tell the officer “No!” when he or she asks to search.
  • If the officer tells you he has to search you, and asks you if that is all right, he really means he wants to search you, and you can say no.
  • YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY DURING ANY QUESTIONING.  SAY CLEARLY, “I want an attorney.”
  • If an officer tells you she is taking you into custody, do what she tells you.  Resisting arrest is a separate crime you can be charged with — and you won’t get away.