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Posted on April 11, 2012 by Emily Beschen

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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Emily Beschen

Emily C. Beschen is an Attorney at Butler Beschen Law PLLC. She is licensed in both Washington State and United States Federal District Court (Western District of Washington). Her primary focus is criminal defense and she has experience representing clients accused of felonies and misdemeanors. In addition to criminal defense Emily has taken on many cases involving defense of professional licensing.

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