Many people think that if they are not doing anything wrong on the streets, that it is completely illegal for cops to stop them. In South Florida and many of its jurisdictions such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Broward County, Dade County and Palm Beach County, there are some facts to be considered to determine if the police have done anything illegal, or anything that violates your constitutional rights.
In South Florida, a police can stop you at any moment, they can approach you and they can ask you questions. They are allowed to do that even if they don’t have reason for it. But what people should know is that only because the cop is allowed to stop them and ask questions, it doesn’t mean that they are required to answer them. The officer may ask you to search something that you have in your possession, like a purse. You are not required to agree to that search.
If you gave any statement or information to a police officer and you think that he compelled you to do so in an illegal way, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in South Florida.