If you are charged with a crime, knowing and exercising your rights will greatly help you and Mr. Nobles in defending your case. It is extremely important to know your legal and Constitutional rights. These rights are the foundation of our legal system and are in place for the protection of every citizen of this country. Failure to know and utilize these rights leads to their erosion and possibly to you getting yourself deeper into trouble.
What you say to police is always important. What you say CAN be used against you, and it can give the police a reason to arrest you, especially if you insult or harass a police officer. Do not interfere with or obstruct the police – you can be arrested for it.
You DO NOT have to answer a police officer’s questions. You must show your drivers license and registration when stopped in a car, but in other situations you can not legally be arrested for refusing to identify yourself to a police officer.
You DO NOT have to consent to any search of yourself, your car or your house. If you do consent to a search, it can affect your rights later in court. If the police say they have a search warrant, ask to see it.
Do not make any decisions about your case until you have talked with a lawyer.
Please review and KNOW YOUR RIGHTS in these specific situations:
What Should You Do If You Are STOPPED BY POLICE
What Should You Do If You Are STOPPED IN YOUR CAR
What Should You Do If You Are ARRESTED or TAKEN TO A POLICE STATION
What Should You Do If You Are STOPPED FOR QUESTIONING
What Should You Do If POLICE COME TO YOUR HOME