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What to Do When the Police Want to “Have a Talk” with You

During encounters with the police, you must know how to handle the situation properly. You don’t want to jeopardize your freedom. Here’s what to do when being questioned by the police.

Remain Calm

No one enjoys being interrogated by an officer of the law, especially when they're innocent of any wrongdoing. Nevertheless, maintain a cool head at all times. To keep the atmosphere as calm as possible, avoid bad-mouthing the officer. Becoming outraged will only cause issues. The goal is to prevent the situation from escalating. When you’re angry, it’s more difficult to think clearly.

Never Compromise Your Rights

You should always be aware of your rights. The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution gives you the right not to answer questions asked by officers. While some states require citizens to reveal their names, avoid replying to any other questions. Regardless of what you say, officers can use your statements against you in a court of law.

Officers often use deceptive tactics. Politely tell the police that you wish to remain silent, even if you may feel somewhat intimidated. Talk to a lawyer first before discussing anything.

Don’t Fall for Police Questioning Tactics

In hopes of obtaining incriminating facts, police often use deceptive questioning tactics. Don't make the mistake of doing too much talking. While you should never be disrespectful, display an air of confidence.

Ask if You’re Free to Leave

Walking away from the police without being given permission is not a good idea. However, be sure to ask if you’re free to leave. To lawfully prevent you from leaving, they must have reasonable suspicion or probable cause.

Don’t Consent to Anything

“Do you mind if I search you?” The answer to this question should always be no. Never, ever, consent to a search. Although you may have nothing to hide, avoid giving an officer permission to search you.

Be Cautious About Allowing Police Into Your Home

Officers may come to your home to ask questions. Unless they have a warrant, the police can’t enter without your permission.

Remember Officers’ Badge Numbers

For your protection, it’s a good idea to jot down the officers’ badge numbers and names. Also, try to remember physical descriptions.

For more information regarding criminal law and your rights, give the Abt Law Firm a call (678) 582-2272. We can help ensure your rights are protected.

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