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What not to do or say if approached or detained by police
Sometimes a police stop for a broken tail light or other minor offense is just as it appears. Other times, police may suspect you have knowledge of or involvement in criminal activities. You should definitely provide basic identifying information when requested by police and make every effort to appear helpful. However, to avoid potentially serious legal issues down the road, pay close attention to the following list of things you should not do or say:
- Do not attempt to run from police
- Do not use anything but respectful language and tone when speaking with police
- Do not leave all windows rolled down, except the driver side window, which should be down just far enough to allow conversation with police
- Do not agree to a search of your person, vehicle, or other property when police ask permission. If police have a legal right to a warrantless search, they do not ask for permission
- Do not say anything more than is absolutely necessary when being questioned by police
- Do not agree to field sobriety tests if stopped under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). This is not the same as a blood alcohol test (typically a breathalyzer), which you are required to take or face penalties for refusal
The best advice is to remain respectful, and periodically ask if you are free to go. If you do not feel comfortable handling a traffic stop in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, or anywhere in Virginia, ask for permission to call a criminal defense lawyer who can help even before arrest. When looking for skilled criminal defense lawyers in Chesapeake, consider that the law firm of Shannon & Bedois, P.C. has experience in both prosecution and defense. They know the rules of both police stops and arrests, and can potentially secure your release prior to arrest.
Benefits of an experienced criminal defense lawyer
Your Miranda right to an attorney do not apply until you are placed under arrest. But that does not mean you cannot request legal assistance when police question you during a stop. The key thing to know is when you need legal help, such as in the following situations:
- Police ask questions extending beyond the initial reason for the stop
- Police try to convince you that agreeing to a search can help your legal case down the road
- Police use a belligerent tone and make threats of jail unless you cooperate fully
Contact Chesapeake area criminal defense law firm of Shannon & Bedois, P.C.
Even innocent individuals in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and throughout Virginia need the protection of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. And, guilty or innocent, individuals need skilled legal support to ensure the best possible results for their cases. Shannon & Bedois, P.C. strives to provide all clients with the level of representation she would expect if she faced similar charges.
Contact criminal Shannon & Bedois, P.C. for the knowledgeable support you need. Their experience as both prosecutor and defense attorneys helps ensure the best possible results for your case. Visit us for a free initial consultation regarding your DUI or criminal defense case.