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Posted on April 11, 2012 by Robert D. Butler

What to do when stopped by police


  • Be Respectful and polite
  • Think carefully about your words and movements
  • Remember that anything you say or do can be used against you
  • Keep your hand where the police can see them
  • Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest
  • Remember officers badge and patrol car numbers
  • write down everything you remember right away


  • Get into an argument with the police
  • Run
  • Touch the police officer
  • Resist arrest even if you believe you are innocent
  • Complain on the scene or tell the police they’re wrong or that you are going to file a complaint
  • Make any statements regarding the incident

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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