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How to Ensure Interactions with Police Remain Safe

With so much news of police brutality in the last year, it is easy to understand why some people have become fearful of interactions involving law enforcement. While sometimes, there may be nothing that can be done about preventing a tragedy from occurring, there are some tips you can follow to ensure you do not get hurt, and they are found below.

Stop when Asked

Whether you are driving, walking down the street, or riding your bike, always stop for police officers when they ask you to. If you do not, you will upset the officer, which will set a bad tone for the rest of the stop. Also, if you do not stop, you may be charged with resisting arrest, which could hurt your case and expose you to criminal consequences.

Keep Your Hands Visible

It is most important that you keep your hands in plain view the entire time. Otherwise, the police officer may think you are reaching for a weapon, or that you are going to try and hit or assault them. If you have to get your driver’s license, insurance information, or registration, tell the officer what you are doing and where you have to reach to get them. For example, if you keep your insurance information in your glove box, tell them that before just reaching out to open it.

Remain Respectful

Being stopped by police can be a very upsetting thing, but it is important that you remain calm and respectful towards the officer. Do not raise your voice, argue, or call the officer names, even if they do not show you the same kind of respect. If the officer is mistreating you, take note of as many details as possible. You can use this once you are no longer detained, but at the scene is not the time.

Know Your Rights

You have many legal rights when you are stopped or arrested by police. You do not have to answer their questions, including your immigration status. You also do not have to empty your pockets, although officers do have a right to pat you down. You also do not have to provide consent for the police officer to search your vehicle, but do not try to interfere if they conduct a search anyway. If you are arrested and are not read the Miranda warning, that can also serve as a defense and get important evidence against you thrown out of court.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyer in Orlando will Protect Your Rights

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, or you feel as though you were not treated properly by law enforcement, our Orlando criminal defense lawyer at O’Mara Law Group can advise on your case. Our skilled attorney will prepare the best defense strategy to get your charges reduced or dismissed, and will ensure your rights are protected at all times. Call us today at 407-634-6604 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.

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