10 Things to Remember When Confronted By The Police

Written by govdirt’s blog

If you have a confrontation with the police – know your rights and know what you should or should not do to give them up. Just follow these 10 rules:

1. Don’t Talk.
Do not say a word to the officer. Just shut up! I cannot stress to you the importance of this rule. Do not talk! Do not attempt to convince the officer of your innocence. Everyone is innocent, no one should be arrested and no one should be in jail and that is all the officer hears all day every day. He / she does not care generally whether you are innocent or guilty and there is nothing that he / she can do at this point. Most times, when people speak to officers they say something that makes their situation far worse. Keep your mouth shut, there will be plenty of time to talk later.

2. Don’t Run.
I said above to listen to the officer and follow his / her instructions. Do not be scared and do not let the liquid courage, aka alcohol, convince you that you can outrun the twelve officers and helicopter that will track you down. Also, police become highly suspicious that someone running has a weapon and may be quick to draw their weapon. Additionally, when they do run you down expect much stronger force used to subdue a fleeing suspect.

3. Never Resist Arrest.
Perhaps the most important thing not to do is touch the police officer at all! Again, sober up quick and follow what the officer says. Many people attempt to bump the officer or swat an officers hands away. This often falls under the assault statutes and now a minor misdemeanor arrest becomes a FELONY. Thus a reckless driving charge leads to a year or more in state prison. Additionally, touching the officer in any way can lead to a baton in the mouth.

4. Don’t Believe the Police.
It is perfectly legal for the police to lie to get you to make an admission. The police frequently separate two friends and tell one the other one ratted him / her out. Because of the lie, the other friend now rats the first friend out. Police and detectives also state that “it will be easier” to talk now…LIES!!! DON’T BELIEVE THIS BS! It will only be easier for the police to prove their case!

5. No Searching.
Do not allow the police to search anywhere! If the police officer asks, they do not have the right to search and must have your consent. If you are asked make sure you proclaim to any witnesses that “You (the police) do not have consent to search.” If they perform the search anyway, that evidence may be thrown out later. Also, if you consent to a search, the officers may find something that you had no idea you had placed somewhere, ie: marijuana left by a friend. Remember, that denying the police consent to search DOES NOT give them the probable cause they would need to conduct a search.

6. Don’t Look At Places Where You Don’t Want Police to Search.
Police are trained to watch you and react to you. They know that you are nervous and scared and many people look to the areas that they don’t want the police to search. Do not react to the search and do not answer any questions. LOOK DOWN AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!!!

7. Do Not Talk Shit to the Police.
I don’t care if you have been wrongly arrested and the true culprit is standing in front of you. Don’t talk shit! Police hear all day that my dad is the the Governor’s Assistant’s Intern and I will have your badge for this! Police have a lot of discretion in the upcoming charges brought. Police can add charges, change a misdemeanor to a felony, or even talk to the prosecutor that is ultimately prosecuting you.

8. If Police Come to Your Home, Do not Let Them In and Do Not Step Outside Your Home.
If the police are confident you have committed a felony, they are coming in anyway, because they generally don’t need an arrest warrant. Make it clear to the police by stating: “No you may not come in”, or “I am comfortable talking right here”, or “You need a search warrant to enter my home.” If they return, your attorney can arrange for you to turn yourself in should that be necessary and you will spend no time in jail between the hearings.

9. Outside Your Home Arrested, Do Not Accept Offer to Go In Your Home for Anything.
The officer may say to you, how about you go inside and change, freshen up, talk to your wife, husband, get a jacket, or any other reason. The police will graciously escort you in and then tear your home apart searching through it. Also, do not let them secure your car. Your car is fine. Remember they are lying to you. They don’t give a damn if you are really cold or if you need to talk to your wife or husband.

10. Don’t say a word.
It’s incredible how many people feel that they can convince the officer, the booking officer or a detective (if your case reaches that stature) that they are not guilty. YOUR CASE IS NOT DECIDED BY THESE PEOPLE. They have no affect on your records. Wait to speak to your lawyer! The courts give enormous weight to “confessions” during this stage. A suspect is almost NEVER released after being arrested.

Follow these ten simply rules religiously and many of your rights will remain intact. I don’t care how nervous, scared or drunk you are, THESE RULES ARE VERY IMPORTANT, and will help you tremendously in the short and long run. And remember – we are not your lawyer!

Keep this in your wallet – OR – Memorize it.

28 thoughts on “10 Things to Remember When Confronted By The Police

  1. mik

    Chris, at least 70% of the entire worlds custodial system is devoted to preventing young or middle aged men from doing what we evolved to do: live with risks and push boundaries, thus advancing the development of he species. The usual stuff. you cant say ‘dont break the law’ because most laws don’t take account of very basic human psychology. for example, the war on drugs. people always have, still are, and always will take drugs. speed limits – people genarally drive at their own personal speed limit, the speed at which THEY feel safe, not the speed at which the government thinks they should feel safe at.

  2. freeyourmind

    This is retarded advice- all you have to do when a officer pulls you over is first- know what you rights are, next, you articulate those rights so that the officer understands not to step outside of the protections of his/her office when dealing with you.

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  3. lex

    Here is a great link to print out and carry with you at all times.
    This applies to ANY situation where you are asked to provide into.

    >> http://www.assertrights.com

    Martha Stewart would not have gone to jail if she had this !!!

    Please pass this around as intended.

    It is NOT copyrighted.

  4. Tom

    many of the rules of the “custodial system” were put in place by young and middle aged men in an attempt to keep our loved ones safe “thus advancing the development of the species”. If you want to drive at high speeds or recklessly then go to a race track or get permission to use someone’s field. Don’t do it amongst children and families. Want to do drugs? Buy them with your own money, buy your own food and do them in your own house that you bought and you probably will never have a problem with the police. If you want to live with risks and push boundaries thats great, the rest of us are just asking that you don’t risk our loved ones and push our boundries or ask us to foot the bill. And the first rule should be “Don’t call attention to yourself”. Because if you turn on a fire/police scanner you would hear that the police usually have their hands full with people that are calling attention to themselves.

  5. kpv223

    I’d like to see you try to not answer any questions a police officer asks. If you sit there and be silent when he or she is asking you questions you can rest assured you will be cuffed and taken to jail until you are ready to cooperate. It falls under 1. not cooperating with a police investigation 2. its another form of resisting.

    Think again before you give a cop the silent treatment. However, do keep your personal feelings and thoughts to yourself, and keep it to yessir no sir answers at most.

  6. Eric Vaughan

    Nice thought-provoking article. Another thing to keep in mind as you read the above is that if someone well-connected like Andrew Luster did something awful (and wasn’t stupid enough to videocam it), the police will be put under a tremendous amount of pressure to create a carpet to sweep the mess under, namely you. They likely have no idea of why they’re supposed to hang you on a cross.

  7. Xavier

    It’s important to note that if a police officer pulls up to you in your vehicle and then asks you if he can search it and you say no, he still may search your vehicle. If the officer does search the vehicle you should assert your rights again, but under no circumstances should you try to prevent a search. Let them search illegally–do not impede the search, but make sure you clearly state that you do not authorize a vehicle search.

  8. Mike

    There is nothing illegal about “not cooperating with a police investigation”. Refusing to answer police questions is NOT “resisting”. This article contains very good advice. In most cases, if you’re going to wind up arrested, talking or not talking is not going to affect that. You can only hurt yourself by talking. You have the right to remain silent. Avail yourself of that right. Never talk to the police without talking to your lawyer first, even if it’s a court-appointed lawyer. It’s far better to be arrested and talk to your lawyer rather than spill your guts and WISH you had talked to your laywer first.

  9. gene

    I thought I would see pics of ordinary citizens drawing their own pistols and grabbing their rifles off the rack (in truck or car or home or off the shoulder). Or lots of ordinary citizens surrounding the offending offensive ” officer of the HAW HAW HAW Law! ” and dis-arming the fascist thug (s). Instead I see more ” how to grovel and submit oneself to the jackboot thugs in the new USrael “. F*** THAT!!!

  10. Mike C.

    Police can search your car without your permission.
    If some contraband is “In Plain Sight” that gives them probable cause to arrest you and search.
    And if you refuse to give permission to search you will probably be arrested, just for spite.
    You are also legally able to limit the search, such as “You may search the interior but not the trunk.”

    After you are arrested and your vehicle is impounded, the police will
    legally search your vehicle. They are required to inventory everything in your vehicle.
    Bottom Line: Don’t have anything illegal inside your ride.

    BTW: Fight the cops in the courtroom, not the street.

  11. Armunn

    I’m a former Narco detective…Sad fact in our ever increasing fascist society is a bad cop can and will do what ever the hell he wants to and to anyone he chooses.With the new laws supporting “direct warrentless searches” officers are taught that it is “LAWFUL” to do so. UNTIL We the People determine once again to refuse to accept tyranny in our society it will only get worse.When I raised my concerns of Constitutional violations
    I was quickly told that I WAS NOT a Task Force attorney but an “ENFORCEMENT OFFICER”…and not a “PEACE OFFICER”. Believe IT !!

  12. nunya

    Cops and “The Law” in the US (and probably the whole world) is no better than the mafia or any other gang. Don’t walk voluntarily into your own imprisonment or death. “Rights” are a crock, they are whatever some ONE decides to “let” you have (privileges which can be revoked.)

  13. simonln

    All good advice.

    I’ve found over time that the police will break the law in a second if they feel like it, as well as screw with your life. So its best to avoid them at all costs, which means don’t speed (its just not worth it), drive carefully, don’t break laws, drink at home, don’t ever carry anything in your car that could get you in trouble, if approached be respectful, nice, & helpful yet try not to talk much, & generally don’t do anything that might annoy or piss them off, because they will mess up your life over nothing.

    Remember, they are fascist thugs that don’t honor their oaths or care one bot about the US Constitution, nor are they going to respect your rights. They often aren’t bright & are in a constant state of being irritable, & generally are on a power trip, while having zero empathy for their fellow man. Their way of thinking is that they are better than you & everyone is a criminal, so they have no remorse in making your life hell for no reason but often for their own pleasure & ego.

    Be careful out there! Your life can be taken away in an instant by these officers.

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  15. Camille

    good advice, but I think if your frequently do stuff that would get you into trouble you should have known all of this already. Watch cops too, the more you see this stuff happen the less freaked out you will be when your put into the sitution yourself. good luck everyone stay free

  16. Chichi

    Alright, my friends were at a park one night. They happened to have a bottle of vodka on them underage. The police show up. All of them bolt into the woods. 2 realize they have nothing to hide so they turn around. 1 is too slow so he/she stops and goes back. There are 3 people still running. They happen to escape. The three that were caught give up two names. The runners got away from the cops. Now 1 of the busted people calls his mother to pick them up. She says she will. They get into the car and she decides she is unhappy her son was the only one who got in trouble because he was 18. So she wants to find police to “clear it all up”. 1 friend tells her he/she has to be home and she drops him off but remembers were he lives. The other 2 were screwed. They were confronted by the police, but not arrested. The police never got his/her last name. But should He/she expect the police to come by. If so, should he/she follow these rules even though she/hes under 18. The mom later comes back and talks to the dad of the friend that had gone home. So he/she got screwed any way. But what does he/she do about the police.

  17. Robert Coss

    Suppose it were 3 am and an officer pulled me over for neon lights on my car. Now he wants to search my car and I don’t know what to do. I tell him, I’m going to call my lawyer before I answer your request to search my car. My lawyer then wants to speak to the officer and my lawyer asserts my rights and threatens the police office with a law suite for not having a valid reason to search. The officer walks away from me. I am free to go.

    Bottom line, I don’t know my rights and I don’t assert my rights but I know where to turn for help with both. I’m learning (probably more than most people) about my rights by having affordable access to our legal system and using it. It costs me 17 dollars a month! On money matters, dealing with tyrannical corporations, I have kept over 1400 dollars that I would have handed over.

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  18. Wage

    I bought into that old line “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear right?” I told them where I really was and who I was with. They made the case out of that and now I have a criminal record. EVEN IF YOU’RE INNOCENT, DO NOT EVER TALK TO THE COPS! Leave it to the lawyers. All the cops/legal system care about is making another conviction.

    There are millions of laws, you can’t be sure you didn’t step on an endangered spider or something. Don’t risk it.

    Watch these….

    Don’t Talk To Cops, Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik

    Don’t Talk To Cops, Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08fZQWjDVKE

    This goes in jail too. Don’t talk about why you’re there with the other inmates.

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