Stopped by a police officer?

Clayton M. Tullos Attorney at Law

Stopped by a police officer?

If you are ever stopped by a police officer or accused of a crime you are probably very nervous and afraid. The vast majority of cases usually turn on an admission or permission of the accused.  The idea here is to make the state prove the case without you giving them a helping hand.

Try to remember these steps:

  1. Be friendly.
  2. Be respectful.
  3. Never consent to a search of your person, home, car, or belongings.
  4. Do not admit to anything.
  5. Ask “am I free to leave?” If so, leave!
  6. Request a lawyer and invoke your right to remain silent.
  7. If in a vehicle or house and you are ordered to leave – do not leave the door open.

In relation to asking for consent to search an officer may say something similar to “If you give me permission and I find something I won’t arrest you” – This statement is total bull. The officer will arrest you regardless of any “promises” the officer may have made.

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