Sometimes interacting with a police officer can feel intimidating. While there may be times when you know why an officer pulled you over or has questions, there are also times when you feel overwhelmed with uncertainty.
Here’s what you should know before your next interaction with a police officer.
Not escalating the situation
If there is one principle you know when dealing with law enforcement, it is that you do not want to make the situation worse. Unfortunately, you may not have a clear understanding of navigating an interaction with a police officer.
There is a fine line between being polite and sacrificing your rights when talking to the police. Officers often know that they have an advantage in these situations since you likely feel intimidated.
Saying “no” to searches
Police have to follow specific rules when they want to search your personal property. Although there are exceptions, in many cases, officers need a warrant to conduct a search.
One time officers do not need a warrant is when you give permission. If an officer asks to search your belongings, you can politely decline.
Questions, not answers
In some cases, officers might intimidate or try to trick you into answering questions about an event that took place. Officers might use lines like “we’re just talking” or “your friend already confessed.” Although Illinois police can no longer use the tactics on minors, they can still use them on adults.
Rather than answer questions on the spot, tell the officer you want to talk to an attorney. Keep in mind, you may have to insist that you want to wait until you have representation present.