16 Nov Your Rights and the Police: If You Are Stopped For Questioning
by Criminal Defense, DUI, Traffic, Personal Injury and Special Appearance Attorney Isabell Flores, Esq. of Law Offices of Isabell W. Flores, FloresLaw.com on November 16, 2012
It is not a crime to refuse to answer questions, although refusing to answer questions can make the police suspicious about you. It is advised not to answer any questions until you’ve at least spoken to an attorney.
The first rule that you should remember when being questioned by the police is to tell them that you do not want to say anything until you’ve spoken to an attorney! By law they must stop asking questions until you have your attorney present.
The police may “pat-down” your outer clothing if they have a reasonable suspicion that you are carrying a concealed weapon. Do not physically resist or they will arrest you. However, the police cannot search further. Make it clear that you do not consent to any further search.
Ask if you are under arrest. If you are, you have a right to know why.