If you happen to be approached by the police, it’s important that you know what you should or should not do. Most people don’t see a problem with talking to the police, but doing so could get you involved in a situation that violates your rights.
To help, here are three things you shouldn’t do if the police approach you. Knowing your legal options is the only way to help protect yourself in these circumstances.
Don’t run when the police approach
When the police are approaching you, it’s usually because they have something to ask you or because they suspect you of being involved in a situation they’re dealing with. They may think you’re a witness to a crime or that you match the description of a suspect.
Don’t run. Running, though it doesn’t really prove anything, is a good way to end up arrested. It is possible for the police to arrest a completely innocent person, so avoid doing anything that would make you appear guilty.
Don’t answer unnecessary questions
When the police talk to you, they may ask your name or other identifying information. You don’t have to give them that information, but in most cases, producing identification may quickly help resolve confusion. That said, you don’t have to tell the police where you’re going, what you’re doing, if you know someone or don’t know someone. If they start pressing for answers, ask for your attorney. You can also tell them you don’t want to talk about your day.
Don’t walk away without asking if you’re being detained
If you are not being detained, then you can leave the conversation and area freely. Be smart in the situation and be sure to ask if you are under arrest or being detained. If the officer says no, then you can say that you’re done with the conversation and leave.
These are three things to know about your rights. If you are accused of a crime and arrested at the scene, then remember that you can stay quiet and don’t have to answer any questions. You can speak with your attorney before you discuss any accusations with the police.