Knowing what you can and can’t do when you are interacting with a police officer is imperative. Stay calm and be courteous to the officer.
Whether you are stopped in a car, on a bike, or on foot you must remain calm. Remember that anything you do or say can be used against you in a court of law so keep control of your body, emotions, and language at all times.
Additionally, make sure you keep your hands where the officer can see them at all times, and remember to never touch a police officer. Do not run, and never resist arrest, even if you believe yourself to be innocent.
If you are arrested you should ask to speak to your lawyer immediately. It is a good idea to carry a business card of your layer in your wallet so you can hand it to the police officer when they first interact with you. This will also allow you to have their contact information on hand if you need it for yourself or someone else.
You do not need to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings. Consent is not required if you have been arrested.
You may ask for the police officer’s names, badge numbers, and patrol car numbers. Write all this information down as soon as you can along with a detailed description of what took place, and any witness information you collect (names and phone numbers). If you are pulled over by the police and have a safe chance to do, it is a good idea to set your smartphone or car security camera to record what is happening.
If you get injured during an encounter with the police, seek medical attention immediately and take photos of the injuries. Ask for copies of your medical treatment from the doctor/emergency room.
Knowing your rights is the most important part when interacting with the police. If you have questions, do not hesitate to call Corbridge Law and we will help you navigate the system and understand your rights.