It is very important to know your rights whenever you encounter law enforcement. Whether you are stopped, questioned, searched, or arrest, there are basic rights that you are entitled to. If you feel like these rights have been violated, you should immediately call a lawyer.
You do not have to answer questions if a law enforcement officer stops you on the street. Simply state that you do not want to talk and then ask if you are free to go. If the officer says yes, calmly walk away—NEVER run. If the officer says no, ask you if are being arrested. If you are not being arrested, then you are being detained. When being detained, the officer has the right to pat down the outside of your clothing if he has a reasonable suspicion that you are armed or dangerous. However, if he/she wants to search you further, you do not have to consent. If you are searched anyway, do not physically resist. You are not obligated to answer any questions other than your name when you are arrested or detained.
If you are stopped by law enforcement in your car, keep your hands where officers can see them. Provide your drivers license, registration, and proof of insurance if the officer asks for them. You may be asked to step out of your vehicle but you are not obligated to answer any questions. Your car cannot be searched without consent unless there is probable cause that criminal activity has taken place. Do not give consent if you do not want your car searched. Refusal to consent will not give the officers grounds to search your vehicle.
You do not have to tell the officer anything other than your name if you are arrested and the officer must advise you of your constitutional rights. These rights include the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, or the right to an appointed attorney if you cannot afford one. If you were arrested and need bail bond service in Melbourne or Palm Bay, or anywhere else in Florida, call Ammediate Bail Bonds right away.