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Posted on April 11, 2012 by Emily Beschen

What to do when stopped by police

DO

  • 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

DON’T

  • 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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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