This is common sense: Always keep any private items that you don't want others to see out of sight. Legally speaking, police do not need a search warrant in order to confiscate any illegal items that are in plain view. The first thing you should say to the officer is, "Hello officer. Can you tell me why I am being stopped? Most importantly, do not apologize after you get stopped, because that can be considered an admission of guilt and could be used against you later in court. Show your identification if it's requested. Be respectful and non-confrontational.
1. “Am I Being Detained?”
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What about a traffic stop? Am I being detained? What are you supposed to do in that situation to get out of it safely and maintain your rights? Maintain your rights and understand your situation by asking the following questions during any and all police interactions. However, detention is not the same thing as an arrest. If they answer yes to detainment, try and remain as silent as possible. Remember, you have the right to remain silent. Learn the difference between the two so you can understand how police will treat you in each situation along with what rights you have as a detained suspect vs an arrested individual. No matter what the police have in mind interacting with you, you should always ask to have your lawyer present. A lot of people avoid doing this since they think it makes you look guilty.
Am I Free To Go?
Video after video on the internet show officers not making a decision when asked by a citizen if they are free to go. Why are officers unsure of the answer? Today we will look at a recent case out of the 6 th Circuit Court of Appeals. In Wilkerson v. However, Wilkerson v. Vaughn asked the men if they needed assistance and they replied that they were ok. On-duty officer Joseph Danzy responded to the scene and observed the two men standing on the grassy strip between the sidewalk and the street. Thomas then turned away and took 2 steps before Officer Danzy told him to stop.
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