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WHAT IF I RUN?

Running away can be considered as an indication of guilt.

If an officer issues a command for you to stop you must do so. You do not have to cooperate or assist the officer in obtaining information which can lawfully empower him to arrest you.

If an officer commands you to stop you can consider yourself detained. All of your constitutional rights attach to the circumstances and subsequent actions of the officer. That means anything that happens after the issuance of the “stop” command by the officer is subject to review by a judge.

So if the officer says stop: stop. At that point exercise your right to remain silent and your right to counsel.

You gain control of the situation when you follow the law. Running is always an unwise response.

Remember the law can protect you if you know the law.

 

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SHOULD I OPEN THE DOOR IF THE POLICE KNOCK?

Only if they have a warrant.

If they don’t have a warrant and force their way in, then let a judge sort it out.

If they are in, just remain silent and comply with any command (sit still) .

Do not give them permission to search, even if the situation looks hopeless.

Remember that a lawful search is only admissible if:

  1. you give them permission,
  2. the police have a warrant,
  3. “exigent circumstances” exist.

To preserve the issue for a judge NEVER agree to a search.

 

 

 

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM BEING QUESTIONED BY THE POLICE?

 Do not answer questions, do not volunteer.

Tell the police that you will not answer any questions without an attorney present.

It is the most natural thing in the world to try to defend yourself when you’re being accused of a crime.  And that’s okay, and that’s how it should be.

The thing to remember is time and place.

The time of your arrest, it is not the place to defend yourself.  You cannot talk the police out of arresting you.

The correct time and place is in a courtroom.

 

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CAN THE POLICE STOP ME ON THE STREET?

Yes.

They can stop you.

But you don’t have to talk to them.

If you were “stopped” in the street by an insurance salesman you would walk away.  The only thing a cop is selling is jail.  Don’t buy it.

Think this way…

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to prove.

If you have something to hide, you do not have to volunteer information that can be used to convict you.

 

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CAN I TRY TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE POLICE?

No.

No police officer can make a deal.  They do not have the legal power to make you a deal or cut you a break.

ONLY a prosecutor can negotiate and make an enforceable promise of leniency in return for assistance.

Don’t even think about negotiating deals with cops.

If a prosecutor is standing next to the cop, ignore the cop, talk to the prosecutor.

 

 

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DO I HAVE TO TALK TO THE POLICE?

No.

You do not have to say anything to an officer to assist him in making a case against you.

The police can stop you in the street and talk to you.  You do not have to, and should not, answer.

The only person who can force you to answer questions is a judge, and then only in limited circumstances.  Those circumstances only occur in a courtroom.  The street is not a courtroom.  A cop is not a judge.

 

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WHAT IS A STOP & FRISK?

A cop can detain and (“stop”) and pat down (“frisk”) if he has:

1. A “reasonable” suspicion of criminal behavior and/or

2. “reasonable” concern for officer safety. This applies on the street    and at a traffic stop.

The officer needs to have more than a “hunch”, or a judge will throw out the search.

The officer needs to have something he can put into words which is both reasonable and rational….like “furtive movements” and reaching into bulky over-sized clothing, or a bulge that has the outline of a gun or knife.

He can’t go rooting around in your pockets without 1 and 2.

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CAN THE POLICE SEARCH ME ON SOMEONE’S LIE?

Yes.

It happens all the time.  Someone angry with you calls the police and piles on a heap of lies.  The police can search and arrest you based on someone’s lies.

What can you do?

If the police act on a “confidential informant” or a “citizen informant” the search is subject to suppression if the search does not meet legal standards.

If the search is unlawful it will be thrown out.

The test is:

  1. basis of the informant’s knowledge
  2. veracity
  3. credibility
  4. reliability
  5. the totality of the circumstances.

 

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HOW DO YOU SAY NO TO THE POLICE?

Just say no.

If you can say no to an insurance salesman who is trying to sell you insurance, you can say no to a cop:  he is trying to sell you a prison term.

The police are an instrument of the State, not your mother or your priest.

The street is not the place to object to police actions, assert your rights, and seek fairness or justice.   That is what goes on in a court.

Just say no and call your lawyer from jail.

Loose lips sink ships.

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CAN THE POLICE LOOK INTO MY YARD?

Yes.

The police can look into your yard with binoculars, from airplanes, from a neighbor’s yard, from anywhere.

If an officer is lawfully in a place from which he can view your home or yard it is with the Plainview exception to the search warrant requirement.

Looking into your yard can also mean examining your trash if it is put out for trash pickup.

You do not have any expectation of privacy in any garbage which is placed in a garbage container and left for pick up. That means your trash can be pulled and examined by police.

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