Every American should be aware of how to exercise his or her rights. Except for the Miranda warning, police aren’t necessary obliged to inform you themselves. Here are some guidelines to follow if you find yourself getting pulled over in a traffic stop:
You have the right to remain silent:
You shouldn’t say anything to the police that you don’t want to before or after an arrest. If you decide you don’t want to talk, just calmly state “I’m going to remain silent”. This isn’t an admission of guilt and will not be used against you in court.
You can say “No” to a police search:
If a police officer is asking you for permission to search your vehicle, then he needs it to justify the search legally. You won’t be asked if he doesn’t. Protection from illegal search and seizure is part of the Fourth Amendment. It is part of the Bill of Rights, which should always be used when applicable. If an officer begins a search without your permission, don’t complain and state calmly “I do not consent to a search”.
Know when you’re being detained/arrested:
When you want to know if you’re free to leave the situation, ask “Am I free to go?”. Police require a reason to hold you. If it turns out you are being detained or arrested, coolly state “I am going to remain silent”.
It is always beneficial to be polite and respectful to police officers. Bickering and vitriol will only escalate the situation. If you stay calm and exercise your rights, you will get the best possible outcome.
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