Try to determine if you are at risk of being suspected of a crime.
Even when police suspect you of a crime, typically they will attempt to conceal this from you. If there is any chance at all, that police could suspect you of a crime, then you should exercise extreme caution. This is even more important when you are completely innocent of any crime or violation of law.
If you could be a suspect, remain silent.
Putting aside any moral implications, from a practical perspective lying to police is bad idea. Many questions police ask are trick questions, in the sense that no matter what you say, it can be used against you. Also, many questions police ask may seem harmless to you, but valuable to them in charging you with a violation or crime. For example: "Do you know how fast you were going?" after traffic stop. Or, "Do you live here?" during the execution of a search warrant for drugs in a home. Avoid trying to determine whether the answer could hurt you. Saying nothing can't be used against you. Saying anything can be!
Lying to police can be a crime. Worse, it can help convict you of a more serious crime. Best to be silent, and tell them you have nothing to say until your lawyer is present. (And then you will still have nothing to say!) Act respectful, and polite, but say nothing at all.
Follow instructions about where to stand, sit, put your hands behind your back etc.
If police detain or arrest you, then follow their instructions about where sit, stand, put your hands, stay still, etc.
You do not have to perform any field exercises or sobriety tests.
Police cannot require you to do any field exercises or sobriety tests. They can arrest you if you are driving and refuse a "Portable Breath Test" machine, or get a report over the arbitrary limit. "Officer, I don't want to do any field exercises. Can I just blow into the PBT?" Why do minors at busted parties blow? they don't have to, since they were not driving. Ditto for B-Card holders who were not in a car.
Think longer term.
Remember that police have a job to do, and that job is to hurt people like you if they suspect you of a crime. Do not trust them, or ask them for help. Avoid panic. Don't let them scare you into acting against yourself. Be calm in the face of danger. If you are arrested or charged with a crime, that it is a short term problem. Don't try to win a battle that could cost you the war. Call a lawyer as soon as possible. If you are charged, hire a good lawyer and get to work. If you make no statements to police, it will be easier for your lawyer to do well for you!
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