Know your right to remain silent

You have a constitutional right to remain silent. You may think you can talk your way out of a criminal investigation; but talking to law enforcement is an intimidating experience. Law enforcement officers receive specific training on interviewing techniques. In Florida, officers can use deceptive tactics when conducting interviews. Meaning, they are not required to be completely candid about the status of your case, the amount of evidence they have against you, etc. Furthermore, lying to police is a mistake and may make your situation worse. The best strategy is to exercise your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.


Know your right to decline an officer's request to search

You have a constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches. You do not have to comply with a law enforcement officer's request to search you, your home, or your vehicle. If an officer comes to your home and asks to speak with you, do not invite the officer inside; instead, step outside and close the door. Unless law enforcement has an arrest or search warrant, probable cause for your arrest, or observes contraband in plain view, you have the freedom to exercise your Fourth Amendment right.


Be courteous and respectful

Remember law enforcement officers have a dangerous job. Do not argue with them. You can respectfully invoke your constitutional rights.