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Posted on April 11, 2012 by Robert D. Butler

What to do if you’re stopped for questioning

1. If you are asked to identify yourself you must show your driver’s license and registration if you are stopped in a car. You do not have to answer any other questions.

2. By refusing to answer police questions you are not committing a crime but you may be increasing police suspicion about you.

3. Police may pat down your clothing to check for weapons. Do not physically resist but make it clear to them that you do not consent to any further search.

4. Ask if you are under arrest. If they say yes you have the right to know what you are under arrest for.

5. Do not be rude to the police or run away no matter how unreasonable the stop is. That could lead to your arrest.

Information provided by the ACLU

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Robert D. Butler

Robert D. Butler is the founder and principal of Butler Beschen Law PLLC. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, Bob is a 1984 graduate of the University of Portland with a degree in Secondary Education. In 1992, Bob graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law and began his practice shortly thereafter. Bob's professional membership includes: Board Member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), Member of The Washington Employment Lawyers Association, Member of The Washington State Bar Association, Member of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Nothwest Business Club, and Bellingham City Club Member.

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