Traffic Stops and Your Rights
A good time to ask “AM I FREE TO GO,” is after the police officer has given you a “warning or a ticket” and you have signed it. Once you have signed that ticket the traffic stop is legally over says the U.S. Supreme Court. There’s no law that requires you to stay and talk to the police officer or answer any questions. After you have signed the ticket and got your license back you may roll up your window, start your car and leave. If you’re outside the car ask the police officer, “AM I FREE TO GO?” If he says yes then get in your car and leave.
Police Pat Downs…
For the safety of police officers the law allows the police to pat down your outer clothing to see if you have any weapons. If the police officer feels something that he believes is a weapon, then he can go into your pockets and pull out the item he believes is a weapon.
A police officer may ask you or even demand that you empty your pockets, but you have the right to say “NO, AM I FREE TO GO?” There’s NO law that requires you to empty your pockets when a police officer “ask you.” The only time a police officer should be taking your personal property out of your pockets is after you have been arrested.
If a Police Officer Knocks at Your Door at Home-You Don’t Have to Open the Door!
Lies That Police Officers Use To Get You To Talk…
There are many ways a police officer will try to trick you into talking. It’s always safe to say the Magic Words: “Am I free to leave, if not I’m going to remain silent and I want a lawyer.”
The following are common lie’s the police use when they’re trying to get you to talk to them:
* “You will have to stay here and answer my questions” or “You’re not leaving until I find out what I want to know.”
* “I have evidence on you, so tell me what I want to know or else.” (They can fabricate fake evidence to convince you to tell them what they want to know.)
* “You’re not a suspect, were simply investigating here. Just help us understand what happened and then you can go.”
* “If you don’t answer my questions, I won’t have any choice but to take you to jail.”
* “If you don’t answer these questions, you’ll be charged with resisting arrest.”
* “Your friend has told his side of the story and it’s not looking good for you, anything you want to say in your defense?”
If The Police Arrest You…
“I DON’T WANT TO TALK UNTIL MY LAWYER IS PRESENT”
* Don’t answer questions the police ask you, (except name, address and age)until you have a lawyer.
* Even if the police don’t read your Miranda Rights to you, refuse to say anything until your lawyer/public defender arrives. If you “voluntarily” talk to the police , then they don’t have to read your Miranda Rights.
* If you’re arrested and can not afford an attorney, you have the right to a public defender. If you get a public defender always make it clear to the judge that the public defender is not representing you, but merely is serving as your counsel.
* Do not talk to other jail inmates about your case.
* Within a reasonable time after your arrest or booking, you have the right to make a local phone call to a lawyer, bail bondsman, relative or any other person. The police may not listen to the call to the lawyer.
* If you’re on probation or parole tell your P.O. you’ve been arrested and say nothing else!