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The Two Things You Should Do During An Encounter With the Police

If you’ve ever had an encounter with law enforcement, you know what a nerve-wracking and uncomfortable situation it can be, even if you are completely innocent. It is not uncommon for people who are stopped by police to experience significant nervousness and inadvertently say things that hurt themselves or make the police suspicious, even when there’s no reason to be.

It’s important to know what to do in case you are ever faced with this situation. Knowing how to properly engage with law enforcement will give you more of the confidence you need effectively handle the situation.

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The Two Things You Should Do During An Encounter With the Police

#1 - Keep your mouth shut (for the most part).

#2 - DO NOT consent to a search.

#1 - Keep your mouth shut (for the most part).

There are two common scenarios for people to have an encounter with the police. The most common is being pulled over when driving on the highway. The next is a phone call from a Detective saying they would like to speak to you about a matter they are investigating—with you as the subject of the investigation.

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that an individual cannot be compelled by the government to provide incriminating information about themselves—the so-called “right to remain silent.”

You have probably heard of the Miranda Warning in which you are told: “anything you say may be used against you.” Believe them; it’s true.

Do not get into a conversation with a State Trooper about where you’re going, where you’re coming from, how long you have been traveling, etc. It will often lead to trouble.

If you get a call from a Detective who tells you he’d like you to come in to answer some questions about a matter he is investigating, decline to do so. Do not accept their invitation to “tell your side of the story.” Just DON’T do it.

#2 - DO NOT consent to a search.

Whatever you do, DO NOT CONSENT TO A SEARCH of your vehicle. This also applies to your office, home, or anything else. Once you consent to search, you can no longer challenge the search when you’re in court.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. Without a search warrant and some exceptional circumstances, the authorities cannot enter your house unless you give them permission to do so.

If you've been arrested, it's critical that you seek skilled legal representation right away. When your freedom is on the line, there's no time to waste.

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