Nobody is as proud of their personal freedoms as Americans; that’s why it’s important to know and exercise your rights. It’s not the police’s job to do that for you (except for the Miranda Rights). These tips offer basic advice when dealing with a traffic stop:
Exercise your right to remain silent:
It’s completely your prerogative whether you talk to the police or not before and after an arrest. If you choose not to talk to them, just state simply “I am going to remain silent”. Legally this cannot be interpreted as an admission of guilt and will not be used against you later in court.
Always refuse a police search:
When a police officer asks you for permission to search your vehicle, that means they need your permission. Otherwise they will just do it on their own. It is your right under the Fourth Amendment to refuse an illegal search and seizure. It’s important to use this right whenever the opportunity presents itself, as it gets reinforced each time. Should an officer initiate a search without your consent, remain still and state politely “I do not consent to this search”.
Find out if you’re being detained or arrested:
To determine whether you’re free to go, simply ask “Am I free to go?”. An officer needs a reason to hold you. Should they tell you that you are being arrested/detained, remain calm and tell them “I am going to remain silent”.
It’s never a good idea to antagonize police officers. Generally, if you respect them they will respect you. As long as you’re cordial and exercise your rights, you should arrive at the best possible scenario.
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