Although you may think that you know how to deal with the police in the case that you have been stopped or arrested, there are likely some things that you have not yet considered. For the purpose of this article, you will get some helpful tips on dealing with being arrested or stopped by the police in the United States.
One of the most important steps that you will need to remember is to stay completely calm, cool, and collected. If you do not remain calm, you will be taking the risk of causing the police to become rude, aggressive, or even violent with you. Thus, your best bet is to remain calm so that you provide no reason for the police to behave in a difficult way with you.
Do Not Go Anywhere
At all times, you will need to keep your hands visible to the police officer(s) who has stopped you. This includes not placing your hands in your pockets, which may cause the police to quickly become suspicious or concerned that you may be carrying a weapon. Equally as important is the fact that you should not make any sudden movements. Finally, you should absolutely never attempt to touch a police officer in any shape or form.
Be Polite and Respectful
Another part of being calm is also remaining respectful. If you do not show the police any respect or courtesy, then you should expect that the police will not treat you in the same way. However, the more respectful and compliant that you are, the less likely you will be to cause trouble or face a difficult situation involving the police.
Provide Basic Information Only
As someone who has been detained by the police, you have the right to remain silent. However, you may be asked to provide simple information about yourself, such as your name and address. Beyond these details, you do not need to comply with the demands and/or requests of the police. More importantly, you should remember that any information you provide the authorities about you or the incident in question can be used against you if you do not have the proper legal representation present when the information is shared.
Remember the Officer
If you wish to have a strong case or file a complaint regarding the behavior of the police officer, you will want to remember as much of the officer's description as possible. In particular, you will want to try to memorize the police officer's badge number, name, license plate, or police car number. Once you have all of this information, you will want to make sure that you record it as soon as possible to ensure that you have remembered the correct information.
Know How to File a Complaint
If you feel that you have been treated with some level of indecency or lack of respect, you also have the right to file a complaint. If you wish to file a complaint, you will need all of the details of the incident, as well as the description of the police officer with whom the conflict occurred. Once the complaint has been filed, you will need to ensure that you keep a copy for possible future use and need for a reference.