Important Things to Know if you ever encounter the Police
Answering Police Questions Your Right to an Attorney Search of Your Person
Answering Police QuestionsIf you are ever questioned by police "everything you say can and will be used against you in a court of Law". The U.S. Constitution gives you the right to remain silent and you should use it. Police are trained to get you to talk and then use what they learn against you. Also, the police are allowed to lie to you during their questioning of you. For example: "we have your finger prints, you might as well confess". Your best course of action is to tell them you are invoking your right to remain silent. Then stay silent! Just because you invoke your right to remain silent you can blow it by freely starting to talk again.
Your Right to an AttorneyAnother thing to remember when you are contacted by the police, you have a Constitutional Right to have a attorney present during all questioning by police. Remember allways have an attorney with you if you speak to the police. Your attorney will know what questions you can answer without incriminating yourself and which ones you should just stay silent on. Remember, even if you want to cooperate with police you still need your attorney with you before you start talking. The police cannot give you a deal! It is the prosecutor who has that power and even they have to put it in writing before you can count on it protecting you.
Search of your PersonIf the police want to search you, never give them permission. If the police have probable cause to search you, don't worry they will. In addition, if you are speaking with an officer, the police are allowed to perform a pat down of you for officer safety if they believe that you are a threat. This is a very limited pat down to see if they feel a gun, knife or a weapon that can harm them. They are not allowed to do a detailed search of you unless they believe you have or are about to commit a crime. However, if you say go ahead and search me, they can search every nook and cranny of you. Also, if you don't give them permission to search you and they go ahead and do it anyway, your attorney can challenge that search to see if it was constitutional. If you give them permission to search, that makes it much harder for your attorney.