What makes police officers and the government powerless? When the American people know and use their rights! Police officers don't like to hear these words: "Am I free to go?" = "I don't consent to a search." = "I'm going to remain silent." !
You have rights during a traffic stop or any police encounter. Also Learn what your rights are and use them before you loose them!and Other Rights Information Too.
Traffic Stops1. Your Safety - When being pulled over pull over to a safe place, turn off your ignition, stay in the car and keep your hands on the steering wheel. At night turn on the interior light. Keep your license, registration and proof of insurance close by like in your "sun visor." Roll your window down at least half way, It will show that you have nothing to hide.
Be courteous, stay calm, smile and don't complain. Show respect and say things like "sir and no sir." Never bad-mouth a police officer, stay in control of your words, body language and your emotions. Keep your hands where the police officer can see them. Never touch a police officer and never run away!
2.Right to Remain Silent - Never Talk To A Police Officer! - Don't speak first. The Supreme Court says you should never talk to a police officer before or after you’ve been arrested. The Supreme Court ruled you must speak up and say out loud to the police officer "I'm going to remain silent" and then keep your mouth shut. How can you be arrested, falsely accused and charged with a crime if you don't say anything? Anything you say or do can and will be used against you at anytime by the police or the government. Silence is not an admission of guilt and can not be used against you in court. So bite your tongue if you have to. If you can keep your mouth shut, you might come out ahead more than you expected.
3. Just Say NO To Police Searches! - If a police officer didn't need your permission to search, he wouldn't be asking you. Never give permission for a police officer to search you, your car or your home. If a police officer does search you, don't resist and keep saying "I don't consent to this search." Police are not allowed to go inside your pockets and pull out your property. Police are allowed to do a "pat down" of your body and feel for weapons.
4. Am I Free To Go?- As soon as the police officer ask you a question ask "am I free to go?" You have to ask if you're "free to go," otherwise the police officer will think that you're voluntarily staying to talk with him. If the police officer says you're being detained or arrested tell the police officer "I'm going to remain silent."
Anything You Say Can And Will Be Used Against You! Silence is not an admission of guilt and can not be used against you in court.
Police officers will be videotaping and audio recording you. Police officers carry mics and/or video cameras and this is why you must NEVER talk to a police officer. You have every right NOT to talk to a police officer and you should NOT talk to a police officer unless you have first consulted with a lawyer and that lawyer has advised you differently. Police officers depend on fear and intimidation to get what they want and this includes giving up your rights. The government made a law that allows police officers to lie to American citizens. This is another reason not to trust the police or the Federal Government who are "the real terrorists to the American people."
Never voluntarily talk to a police officer, there's no such thing as a "friendly chat." Let the police officer do all the talking and you stay silent. The Supreme Court has ruled that you should NOT talk to a police officer even if you have not been arrested. You must say out loud "I'm going to remain silent." It can be very dangerous to talk to a police officer or a Federal Agent. Innocent people have talked to a police officer and ended up in jail and prison because they spoke to a police officer without an attorney before they were arrested.
Police officers have the same right as you, "Freedom of Speech." Police officers have the right to ask you anything they want, but you should never answer any of their questions. Don't let the police officer try and persuade you to talk! Say something like "I'm sorry, I don't have time to talk right now." If the cop insists on talking to you, ask him "am Ifree to go?" The police officer may not like when you refuse to talk and challenge you with words like, "If you don't have anything to hide, then why won't you speak with me? Say to the officer "I told you I don't have time to talk to you right now, "am I free to go?" If you forget or the police officer tricks you into talking, it's okay just start over again and tell the police officer "I'm going to remain silent."
The Supreme Court has ruled that if a police officer doesn't force you to do something, then you're doing it "voluntarily." This means if the police officer starts being a bully, intimidating you and you do what the cop "ask" because you're "afraid" the court ruled you still have done it voluntarily. (Florida v. Bostick, 1991) If you do what the police officer "ask you to do" such as allowing him to search your car or answer any questions, you're voluntarily complying with his "requests." So don't comply just keep your mouth shut unless you say "Am I FREE to go?" or "I don't consent to a search."
Traffic Stops and Your Rights with Police Officers
Keep your license, registration and proof of insurance in an easily accessible place, like your sun visor. When pulled over by a police officer stay in the car and keep your hands on the steering wheel. Sit still, relax and wait for the officer to come to you. Any sudden movements or ducking down could get you shot.
Don't forget during traffic stops the police are videotaping you, this is why you must NOT talk to the police officer. Police officers like to ask the first question and that's usually "do you know why I stopped you today or do you know how fast you were going?" The police officer is trying to get you to do two things, admit that you committed a traffic violation and to get you to "voluntarily" start a conversation. Remember the police officer is not your friend and should not be trusted! The only thing you need to say is "I'm going to remain silent."
The police officer might start asking you personal questions such as "where are you going, where have you been and who did you see, ect." At that point it's the perfect time to exercise your rights by asking the police office "am I free to go?" There's NO legal requirement that American citizens provide information about their comings and goings to an American police officer. It's none of the police officers damn business! Keep asking the police officer "AM I FREE TO GO?" You must speak up and verbally ask the police officer if you're allowed to leave, otherwise the police officer and the courts will assume you wanted to stay and talk to the police officer on your own free will.
Passengers traveling in your vehicle need to know their rights as well. They have the same right NOT to talk to a police officer and the right to refuse a search "unless it's a 'pat down' for weapons." Police officer sometimes will separate the passengers and ask questions to see if their stories match. All passengers should always give the same answer and say, "I'm going to remain silent and am I free to go?"
How long can a police officer keep you pulled over "detained" during a traffic stop? The Supreme Court has made mention that up to 45 minutes is a reasonable amount of time for a police officer to conduct his investigation and allow you to go FREE on your way.
Here's a secret during a traffic stop a good time to ask "am I free to go" is after the police officer has given you a "warning or a ticket" and you have signed it. Once you have signed the ticket the traffic stop is legally over says the U.S. Supreme Court. There's no law that requires you to stay and talk to the police officer or answer any questions. After you have signed the ticket and have your license you may roll up your window, start your car and leave. If you're outside the car ask the police officer, "AM I FREE TO GO?" If he says yes then get in your car and leave.
Car Searches and Body Searches
Just Say No! "The right to be free from unreasonable searches is one of America's most precious First Liberties.
If a police officer didn't need your permission to search, he wouldn't be asking you. Never give permission for a police officer to search you, your car or your home.
Police officers swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and not to violate your rights against unreasonable search and seizure Fourth Amendment. Denying a police officers request to search you or your car is not an admission of guilt, it's your American right! Some police officers might say, "if you have nothing to hide, you should allow me to search." Politely say to the police officer "I don't consent to a search and am I FREE to go?"
For the safety of police officers the government allows the police to "pat down" your outer clothing to see if you have any weapons. If the police officer feels something that he believes to be a weapon, he can go into your pocket and pull out the item he believes is the weapon. A police officer may ask you or even demand that you empty your pockets, but you have the right to say "NO! AM I FREE TO GO?" There's NO law that requires you to empty your pockets when a police officer tells you to do so. The police may "ask" you to take off your shoes and socks, there's no law that says you have to. The police may threaten to arrest you, just keep asking "NO! AM I FREE TO GO?"
The police officer is allowed to handcuff you and/or detain you in his police car. Don't resist or you will be arrested! There's a big difference between being detained and being arrested. Say nothing in the police car! Police will be recording your conversation inside the police car, so say nothing to your friends and don't talk to the police officers inside the car.
If you are arrested and your car is towed, the police are allowed to take an "inventory" of the items in your car. If anything is found that's illegal in your vehicle, the police will get a warrant from a judge and then charge you with another crime.
Never Open Your Door At Home If A Police Officer Knocks!
If the police knock on your door at home, there's no law that requires you to open your door to a police officer. "Don't worry if the cops have a search warrant, they will kick down your door before they knock." * There's NO law that requires you to open your door to a police officer. Don't open your door with the chain-lock on either, police officers will shove their way in. Simply shout to the police officers "I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY" or just don't say anything at all.
February 27, 2014 - New ruling from the Supreme Court click here. The ruling means that anyone in your residence can give permission for the police to search your home. This means for instance your children, spouse, neighbor, friend or anyone that is in your castle can give the police permission to search your home, even if you say no.
Guest and roommates staying in your home/apartment/dorm need to be told of their rights and not to open the door to a police officer or invite a police officer into your home without your permission. Police officers are like vampires, they need your permission to come into your home.
Never agree to go to the police station if the police want to question you. Just say, "I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY."
* In some emergency situations (for example when someone is screaming for help from inside your home, police are chasing someone into your home, police see a felony being committed, if someone has called 911 from inside your house or any occupant in your house can give permission to the police to such your home, even if you say no,) then police officers are allowed to enter and search your home without a warrant.
Students and teenagers also have rights, if you're a minor under 18click here. If your children don't know their rights and answer questions asked by a school teacher, principal, police officer or a Federal Agent without an attorney could cost your dearly and change the lives of your family forever!
The police do not need a parents permission or for a parent to be present when they question your teenager. In fact the cops can take your child down to the police station and go before a judge before notifying the parent’s. Teach your children that they must call a parent for permission before they're allowed to answer questions from a police officer.
Dealing With a Police Officer In Public
NEVER give consent to a police officer and allow a conversation to start. If a police officer stops you and ask to speak with you, you're perfectly within your rights to say "I do not wish to speak to you," then say good-bye. At this point you should be free to leave, but the police officer will probably ask for your identification. If you have identification on you, tell the officer where it's at and ask permission to reach for it. "In some states you're not required to show an I.D. unless you're driving a vehicle and the police officer has reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime or a traffic violation." Know the laws of your state!"
The police officer might start asking you questions, at this point you may ask the officer "Am I Free to Go?" The police officer may not like this and challenge you with words like, "If you have nothing to hide, why won't you speak to me?" Just say "I'm going to remain silent."
Police officers need your permission to have a conversation. There is NO law that says you have tell a police officer where you are going or where you have been, but you must tell the police officer "I'm going to remain silent."
A police officer has NO right to detain you unless there exist reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime or traffic violation. However a police officer is always allowed to initiate a "voluntary" conversation with you. You always have the right not to talk or answer any questions police officers ask. Just tell the police officer, "I'm going to remain silent."
Under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, police may engage in "reasonable" searches and seizures. To prove that a search is reasonable the police generally must show that it's more likely than not that a crime has occurred and that if a search is conducted it's probable that the police officer will find evidence of a crime. This is "probable cause."
Police may use first hand information or tips from an informant "snitch" to justify the need to search your property or you. If an informant's information is used, the police must prove that the information is reliable under the circumstances to a judge.
Police Officers Will Lie To Get You to Talk
There's many ways a police officer can LIE and trick you into talking. It's always safe to say the Magic Words: “Am I free to go? I'm going to remain silent and I want a lawyer.”
Police officer's are lying pieces of shit. Teach your children not to trust cops! Make your kids aware that police officers are professional LIARS! Imagine your child in a room with teachers, principal, assistant principal, a police officer touching his gun and everyone demanding answers from your child without you there or an attorney to represent your child.
The following are common lie's police use when they're trying to get you to talk:
* "You will have to stay here and answer my questions, you're not leaving until I find out what I want to know."
* "I have evidence against you, so tell me what I want to know or else." (Police can fabricate fake evidence to convince you to tell them what they want to know.)
* "You're not a suspect, were simply investigating here. Help us understand what happened and then you may leave."
* "If you don't answer my questions, you'll be charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice or hindering an investigation." ALL LIES!
Should We Trust Police Officers?
Police officers by law are allowed to lie to you. The Supreme Court has ruled police officers can lie to the American people. Police officers are trained at lying, twisting words and being manipulative. Police officers and other law enforcement agents are very skilled at getting information from people. So don't try to "out smart" a police officer and don't try being a "smooth talker" because you will lose! If you can keep your mouth shut, you just might come out ahead more than you expected.
Teach your children that they must call a parent for permission before they're allowed to talk to police officer. Remember police officers are trained to put your child at ease and build trust. A police officers job is to find, arrest and help convict a suspect and that suspect could be your innocent child!
Although police officers may seem nice and pretend to be on your side they want to learn your habits, opinions, and affiliations of other people not suspected of wrongdoing. Don't try to answer a police officers questions it can be very dangerous! You can never tell how a seemingly harmless bit of information that you give to a police officer might be used and misconstrued to hurt you, your family or someone else.
There's no law police protection that the police have to come when you dial 911, nor do the police have the responsibility to protect you.
If The Police Arrest You
"I WILL NOT TALK UNTIL I HAVE A LAWYER!"
* Don't answer any questions the police ask you, (except for your name, address and age.) Any other questions the police officer ask you, just say I want to talk to a lawyer.
* Police officers don't always have to read to you the Miranda Rights after you've been arrested. If you "voluntarily" talk to a police officer, the police officer doesn't have to read your Miranda Rights. Talking to a police officer at anytime can be very dangerous!
* Never talk to other jail inmates about your case.
* Within a reasonable amount of time after you have been arrested and booked, the cops should allow you to make a local phone call to a lawyer, bail bondsman, relative or any other person you choose. The police can not listen to your phone call if you're talking to your lawyer.
* The longest you can be held in jail is 72 hours. If you get arrested on a Friday night during a 3 day weekend, you won't see the judge until Tuesday morning. Otherwise usually you will get out of jail within 4 to 24 hours if you can make bail.
* If you're on probation or parole, only tell your P.O. that you've been arrested and don't say anything else.
CAUTION: The information on this webpage and website does not constitute legal advice. The purpose of this information is to provide GENERAL information to the public, to raise awareness and a as public service. DO NOT read anything here and make a decision affecting your legal rights. Conduct your own research and read the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.