How can I best protect myself when confronted by police?

  • Remain calm and cooperative.
  • Do NOT argue, run, or resist the police.
  • Do NOT speak to the police. Say, “I would like to remain silent.”
  • You do NOT have to agree to a search. Say, “I do not consent to a search.”
  • Ask, “Am I being detained?”
    • If not – you are free to leave.
    • If yes – ask if you are being arrested– ask for a lawyer immediately.
  • Do NOT provide any statement until you speak to your lawyer