How to deal with police
If you’re stopped, make your first call a criminal defense attorney
Whether you think you’ve committed a crime or not, being approached by a police officer is nerve-wracking. What are your rights? What should you say or not say? Don’t accidentally incriminate yourself—learn your rights from a criminal defense attorney so you can be prepared to protect yourself and potentially your freedom.
What to do if you’re stopped by police
- If you get pulled over, you should be able to provide identification and basic paperwork (insurance and registration).
- Be aware that anything you do or say is probably being recorded by video and/or audio. This means virtually anything can be reviewed later in court.
- Stay calm and in control of your words, body language and emotions.
- Keep your hands where the police can see them.
- Remember officers’ badge numbers, patrol car numbers and physical descriptions and write them down.
What not to do if you’re stopped by police
- Don’t attempt to run or flee. Trust us, you will get caught, and likely charged with additional crimes. Not to mention, fleeing can be interpreted as a guilty conscious
- Don’t give the officer an excuse to search. In fact, an officer only has the right to search your vehicle with probable cause.
- Don’t talk first, especially if it’s something provoking or hostile, or insisting to know why you were stopped.
- Do not touch, interfere with or obstruct the police—you can be arrested.
- Don’t resist even if you believe you are innocent.
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 criminal defense attorney if you are arrested. Ask to speak to one immediately.
Contact a Columbus criminal defense attorney
If you have been approached or detained by an Ohio police officer and believe your rights have been violated, contact the Columbus criminal defense attorneys at Yavitch & Palmer to discuss the details of your legal situation. To schedule a consultation please call us at 614-224-6142 or fill out our online contact form.
Contact Stephen Palmer and learn more about his 19 years experience as a Columbus DUI attorney.