1. Stay calm. Don't run, resist, or argue with the police.
2. Don't lie. This includes handing the police false documents. If you were driving, provide your license, insurance, and registration paperwork; you don't need to do or say anything else.
2. You have the right to REMAIN SILENT. You don't have to say where you're going, where you came from, what you're doing. Tell the officer that you wish to remain silent.
3. You have the right to BE SAFE FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCH AND SEIZURE. You do not have to allow the police to search your car, your house, your bag, or your person.
1. Your first question should be, "am I free to leave?"
2. The next thing you should say is "I wish to remain silent and a want a lawyer." If you are not free to leave, you have the right to an attorney to be present, to help you understand your rights, and to protect your rights.
3. If the police ask if you want to speak to them, you can say no. You should say no.
4. If you are booked into the jail, be warry of what you say at all times.
5. You have the right to reasonable bail in all non-capital cases.
1. You don't have to open your door for anybody.
2. Police are required to "Knock and announce." This means the police must identify themselves as police officers.
3. If you do open the door, the police may ask to look around inside.
4. If the police have a warrant.
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