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What To Do When Dealing With Police

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WHEN QUESTIONED BY A POLI E!AN"


After giving your name and address YOU SHOULD THE !E "UIET# !ut if you t$in% you are innocent and t$at you cou&d 'uic%&y e()&ain *$at $a))ened+ you mig$t ans*er t$e )o&iceman,s 'uestions+ -ut YOU .A STO/ TAL0I 1 2HE E3E4 YOU 2A T# 4emem-er+ anyt$ing you say may -e used against you in court# You do OT $ave to )roduce ID or give your name un&ess t$e officer $as ot$er grounds to arrest you#

WHEN ARRESTED"
Even if you are innocent of any crime+ DO ,T 5I1HT !EI 1 A44ESTED# A )o&iceman can use force if you resist# If t$e )o&iceman searc$es you+ TELL HI6 YOU DO OT 2A T TO !E SEA4.HED+ -ut do not try to sto) $im#

WHEN QUESTIONED AT HO!E"


You $ave a s)ecia& rig$t to )rivacy in your $ome# Even if a )o&iceman as%s+ DO OT AS0 HI6 I TO YOU4 HO6E# !ut if $e $as a searc$ *arrant+ you must &et $im in#

WHEN STOPPED IN YOUR AR"


S$o* t$e )o&iceman your driver,s &icense+ car registration and insurance certificate *$en $e as%s for it# 4emem-er+ YOU SHOULD 0EE/ "UIET and YOU .A STO/ TAL0I 1 AT A Y TI6E# If t$e officer as%s to &oo% inside your car+ TELL HI6 YOU DO OT 2A T HI6 TO SEA4.H YOU4 .A4+ -ut do not try to sto) $im# An officer usua&&y does not need a *arrant to searc$ a car+ -ut $e does need )ro-a-&e cause of a crime suc$ as an informer,s ti)+ t$e sme&& of mari7uana+ or a furtive gesture#

WHEN TA#EN TO THE POLI E STATION"


If you are not free to &eave+ AS0 TO SEE A LA2YE4 I66EDIATELY# You $ave t$e rig$t to ma%e a te&e)$one ca&& to get a &a*yer or to ca&& your fami&y to get one for you# If you cannot )ay a &a*yer+ you $ave a rig$t to a free &a*yer if you are c$arged *it$ a serious crime# DO OT SAY O4 SI1 A YTHI 1 U TIL THE LA2YE4 IS 2ITH YOU#

BAIL"
After -eing arrested+ t$e )o&ice must ta%e you to a 7udge# T$e 7udge *i&& say $o* muc$ -ai& you must )ay to get out+ -ut if you &ive or *or% in t$e to*n YOU SHOULD AS0 THE 8UD1E TO 54EE YOU 9O#4#: ;on your o*n recogni<ance= instead of )aying -ai& or )osting -ond# T$is means you )romise to come to your tria& on t$e day t$e 7udge says# If you are a 7uveni&e+ you ordinari&y can -e re&eased to your )arents *it$out -ai&+ so demand t$at t$e )o&ice ca&& t$em# Do ot 6a%e Any Decisions Unti& You See A La*yer