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Rights When Dealing With Police

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2016 | Firm News

In 2015, there were several cases that put law enforcement policies and
procedures in the spotlight. Knowing how to deal with the police and what
rights you have is critical anytime you interact with law enforcement.
Here’s a list of general rights you have when you speak to law enforcement.

Miranda Rights- This is one of the most misunderstood rights. Movies and
TV shows have effectively butchered the public’s understanding of
Miranda rights. Police are only required to read you your Miranda rights
if they are taking you into custody. If you are simply being questioned,
but are not in custody, police are not required to read you your rights.
However, anything you tell police can still be used against you, so be careful.

Stop and Frisk- The state Florida has laws that allow police to stop you
and ask for your ID if they believe you, “ have committed, are committing,
or are about to commit a violation of the criminal laws of this state
or the criminal ordinances of any municipality or county.”

Consent- Most of the time (there are exceptions) if police don’t
suspect you of a crime, you are not obligated to answer questions or be
searched, which means the police need your consent. If you do consent
to questioning or searching you need to be aware of two things. First,
you can retract your consent at anytime. Second, no matter what the cops
tell you, nothing is ever off the record.

Silence- Being silent can never be used against you, so when in doubt be
quiet. When you’re suspected of a crime it’s best to let your
lawyer do the talking. The attorneys at Bauer, Crider Kenny & Parry
have more than 50 years of combined experience talking to the police on
their client’s behalf. Don’t incriminate yourself by saying
something you shouldn’t,
call the Clearwater criminal defense team at
Bauer, Crider & Parry.