One last post, then I'll be quiet for a while.
It is important to understand that most of what I've posted above is for use after a police encounter. Knowing it during a police encounter is important--it gives you confidence and lets you know whether the cop is making it up or giving you false info. But you don't use it to argue with the cop.
I said most of what I posted. There are two videos on the other thread linked just above. Those two videos contain information for use during a police encounter. The information can be summed up as:
- Politely, verbally refuse consent to searches and seizures.
- Don't talk to the police without your attorney.
I am convinced after more than two years ofreading up on court cases and so forth that the bestthing to do is:
Politely verbally refuse consent tosearches and seizures*, andpolitely decline to answer questions without an attorney, while complying with orders.
Do not argue with the cop. Above all do not physically resist the cop.
*You want to becareful where to draw the line on refusingconsent to sobriety testing. At some point, your refused consenttoalcohol testing may jeopardize your driver's license.
Here are the two videos:
Busted: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters
by FlexYourRights(dot)org, who by the way have an awesome website.
Don't Talk to Police
by Prof. James Duane of Regent University Law School: