A police office may approach you on the street in what is called “a consensual citizen encounter.” Consent is required by both parties, you and the officer. The officer will generally begin with the question, “Hi, can I talk to you for a minute?” You should always politely answer “no” and go about your business.If they keep following you, remain silent and continue about your business. If they forcefully stop you, it is likely an unlawful detention, and should they arrest you for anything despite your silence, The Parnell Law Firm can challenge the unlawful detention and arrest in court.You should also remain silent during traffic stops. If there is no probable cause to believe that you have committed or are committing a crime, they cannot make you stop, talk to them, or even provide identification. It must be consensual, meaning they must have your consent for anything. Do not consent, doing so is not in your best interest, although many times police officers will do their best to make you think it is. If you feel you must answer the officer’s questions.
Officer: “Do you have anything on you that is illegal or could get you in trouble?”
Answer: “No.” Officer:
“May I search you?”
Officer: “Can you show me some identification?”
“Do you have any outstanding warrants?”
Do not give the officer any information that will be used against you in establishing probable cause for the stop.