Police Stops: What to Do If You Are Pulled Over
Stay calm and be polite. Always respect your fellow man. Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
Do not lie or give false documents. Prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested. Remember the details of the encounter, all the way down to what you were wearing that day.
IF A POLICE OFFICER STOPS YOU
You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loudly.
You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home. Police often use a direct tone and affirmative language as if the search of your person or entry into your home is their right. Don’t fall for it!
If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave. It’s always best to first ask “Am I under arrest? May I leave?” before leaving so that it’s not taken as flight. Flight ALWAYS looks guilty. Walk away calmly and silently.
You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one out loud and immediately. It’s best to memorize the number of a good attorney; you may not have access to your phone, wallet or purse.
IF YOU ARE ARRESTED
Do not! DO NOT! Resist arrest, even if you believe the arrest is unfair. Say you wish to remain silent and ask for a lawyer immediately.
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