What should I do if I have a police encounter?

If you've been arrested or charged with a crime, or you have an encounter with police, you absolutely need to know your rights.

If I am called by a police officer to give a statement, what should I do?

Politely tell the officer that you will get back to him or her, and then immediately call your lawyer to discuss the situation. Never give a statement without discussing it with legal counsel and having him or her present.

If the police want permission to search my car or house, what should I do?

If the police do not have a search warrant, you have no obligation to let them search. Do not let them do so, even if you think you have nothing to hide; you never know what someone else may have left in your car or home that could be incriminating.

Don't the police have to read me my Miranda rights?

The police do not have to read you your Miranda rights, or Miranda Warning, unless you are in custody and they are questioning you. It is best to assert your right to remain silent and ask for an attorney. The police can continue to question you even if you have asserted your right to remain silent. Keep asserting the right, even if you are repeatedly questioned.

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