Most people know the experience of being pulled over or stopped on the street. The police ask you questions, and you might not know what to do. It is common for people to make mistakes in these situations, and these mistakes can result in criminal charges or other legal problems.
It is important to understand some of the common mistakes people make in order to protect your rights avoid problems.
Do not make these mistakes
Some of the common mistakes people make can include:
- Talking to the police: Don’t do it. The police can demand your name and contact information, but that is all you must give them. Do not explain things. Do not argue with the police officer. Exercise your right to remain silent. The right to remain silent, as well the right to legal counsel, stemmed from Miranda vs. Arizona, where the Supreme Court ultimately ruled that evidence cannot be used in a custodial interrogation unless the police officer informed the defendant that he or she has the right to remain silent (as well as the right to an attorney and the fact that anything they say can be used against them in a court of law).
- Taking the field sobriety tests: Most people think that refusing to take field sobriety tests can hurt them, but this is a mistake. Most of the time, the physical conditions of the field sobriety tests are far from ideal: On the side of the road, with uneven ground, in the fark at night. Most people would perform badly on these tests even if they were cold sober.
- Not talking to their lawyer: Many people try to handle these matters on their own and they trust themselves to a criminal justice system that is not built to help them and has no one there charged with protecting their rights and interests. When you exercise your right to remain silent, you should also exercise the right to legal counsel and call a criminal defense lawyer you can trust to guide you through the process and protect your interests.
These are just a few of the most common mistakes people make when questioned by the police. If you avoid talking to the police, do not take the field sobriety tests and contact an attorney right away, you will be in a much better position to protect yourself and your future.