November 10, 2014 Being confronted by police officers can be scary, regardless if you’ve committed a crime or not, furthermore, being detained by multiple cops can compound the intensity. Here are some simple instructions to help you safeguard your rights when you are dealing with the police. Know Your Rights You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud. You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home. If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave. You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately. Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights. Know Your Responsibilities Do stay calm and be polite. Do not interfere with or obstruct the police. Do not lie or give false documents. Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested. Do remember the details of the encounter. Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated. Just a Few More Regardless of how many police officers are confronting you, the guidelines above will help you stay out of trouble; furthermore, here are a few ground rules to keep in mind. Do not, under any circumstances, get into an argument with a police officer. Keep your hands where the police can see them at all times. Do not run. Do not touch any police officer. Do not resist even if you believe you are innocent. Do not complain on the scene. Do not make any statements regarding the incident. If you are arrested, immediately ask for an attorney. Note and remember officer badge & patrol car numbers. Write down everything you remember as soon as you can. Find witnesses & their names & phone numbers. Serving the Puget Sound Area Since 1996 Every case has its own unique problems, consequences, and opportunities. No two cases are alike. We encourage you to call and speak personally to a lawyer about the details of your unique circumstances. Call or contact us at 206-621-0500 for a free consultation with an experienced criminal law attorney today.