When you become entangled with trouble, you are not always with your lawyer to back you up. Even if you have the best lawyer in the world, when you acted impulsively in front of a police authority everything that you will say and did will be put against you eventually in court trials, and nothing can your lawyer do something about that. As such, you have to be prepared and properly armed with information. You can find the top three frequently asked questions and answers to guide you when things get a little rough.
Can I remain silent when the police are asking me questions for an investigation?
Yes, you have every right to refuse to answer the questions of the police. However, know that the police are authorized to know who you are, and it is within their jurisdiction to detain people until they found out their identity. The best thing to do is to tell the police your name and make it clear that you have the right not to answer their questions till you talk to your lawyer.
Can the police enter my home?
You should know that no one is obligated to let a police enter and search his or her house without a search warrant, an arrest warrant or permission from you or from someone who has more authority than you in your house. However, keep in mind that in urgent and emergency situations, the police can barge their way into your home without a warrant or permission; this includes medical emergencies, child welfare operations, and inspection for possessing illegal drugs or arsenals.
The police can carry out a thorough search of your home provided that they have a warrant. Beware, do not try to impede a legal search or you will find yourself accused of a criminal offense.
Can I refuse being pulled over by the police?
When driving and suddenly a police car began hovering around you, you should stop. You should just hand them your driver’s license. You are also required to present your insurance and ownership card as indicated in the Highway Traffic Act.
If you are caught up in an accident, you are expected to tell the police how the accident transpired. You must take caution and limit your comments because you do not want to regret giving so much information at the end of the day.
When the police pulled you over suspecting that you are under the influence of alcohol, they will demand a Breath Test. If proven guilty, the police have the authority to take you to the nearest police station for a more accurate test. Upon arriving at the police station, you have the right to speak to a lawyer before proceeding to the evidence. Take this opportunity and call a lawyer.
Be very careful; you will be charged with an offense, and the court is not very forgiving when it comes to this.
Knowing some of your rights might save you from being convicted shortly. For further inquiries and consultation regarding criminal law, you can contact our good office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org