Have you ever found yourself in an uncomfortable situation with a police officer? It can be scary dealing with cops because of all of the power they hold, but it can be even scarier when you’re in a situation that looks suspicious. Cops can virtually pull you over for anything from being sketchy to having a buckeye bumper sticker that suspiciously looks like a marijuana leaf on your car. In addition, cops also have the power to harass you on the street and with a warrant come into your own house. Remember to know your rights for what you legally can and legally cannot do. From HB Bail Bonds to you, we’re going to share some helpful tips on how to properly talk to cops whether you’re on the cusp of getting into trouble or if you’re already in trouble with the law and want to stop it from getting worse. If you or a loved one is faced with jail time, then make sure to call HB Bail Bonds for our affordable bail bonds services. Located in Columbus and Dayton, OH, we’re able to help you or a loved one with our quick and easy bail bonds.
THREE TIPS ON TALKING TO COPS
Below are three tips on how to talk to cops. First and foremost, you should always know your rights as a citizen of this country. Despite current turmoil between many minority communities and the police, whatever your skin shade is you’re still a citizen of the United States and should know what you can and cannot say. That being said, always be careful what you say and how you act around law enforcement. If you don’t feel comfortable or find yourself in a sticky situation, remember, you don’t have to say anything. Your legal right as a citizen is to remain silent, so if you find yourself in a quandary, you can always remain silent and ask for a lawyer.
TIP ONE: BE RESPECTFUL
If you’ve been arrested, are on the cusp of being arrested, a police officer comes to your home, or you’re stopped on the street by one, remember to always be respectful. No matter what age you may be, always be respectful to someone in a higher authority who has more power than you. You probably remember your parents telling you to always be respectful of your teachers and your elders, well apply this to working with police officers as well. If a police officer is being rude to you, then don’t give in to your inner emotions by lashing back.
TIP TWO: BE SILENT
If you can get away with this one, we encourage it. If you’re silent, then you can’t get in trouble. However, it can depend on the situation when you remain silent. For instance, if you’re pulled over for speeding and don’t talk, it can get you in even more trouble than you would be in originally. If you find yourself possibly getting arrested and the only way to get out of it is to talk, then speak carefully to get yourself out of the situation. On the other hand, if you are already arrested and are being taken to jail, then stay silent. Try to stay remain silent or not say anything that could incriminate you.
TIP THREE: TELL THE TRUTH
When you’re asked a direct question by a cop, you should tell the truth. If you lie, which may be a gut instinct, and you’re caught in the lie, it can be much more detrimental toward your case. For instance, if you lie about having marijuana on you and you’re found with it, you’ll anger the officer and in the long run harm your case much more. The best rule to follow is to tell the truth to the cop when asked a direct question. However, keep in mind whatever you say can be used against you in a court of law. Telling the truth and being respectful may make the difference between going to jail and going home with a court date.