Being stopped by the police can be intimidating. Your best defense is to know your rights. Below are some "Do's" and "Don't's" when dealing with the boys in blue. Also check out our Stopped By a Cop page.
- Keep your hands where the cop can see them.
- Remember that any admission of wrong doing can (and will) be used against you!
- Think before you say or do anything.
- Write down everything you remember about the incident after it is over, including the cop's name.
- Try to find witnesses and take down their contact information, especially if the cop was abusive or committed an illegal and/or unconsented search of you or your bike.
- Get the name/badge number of the police officer.
- Don’t get into an argument with the cop.
- Don’t give a false name. This can lead to serious trouble.
- Don’t run. Don't resist.
- Don’t touch the cop.
- Don't complain or tell the cop you are going to file a complaint. Don't threaten the cop.
- Don't make sudden moves, and don't reach into your pockets unless requested to do so by the cop.
- Don't admit to illegal activity!
Remember above all else to be cooperative, keep your cool, and keep your mouth shut! Don't believe it when a cop tells you things will go better for you if you just admit guilt! Tell them you have nothing more to say until you speak to an attorney.