The following is something I copied from a little card that a friend carried in his wallet.
What you say to the police is important. What you say can be used against you, and it can give the police an excuse to
arrest you, especially if you speak disrespectfully to a police officer. You do not have to answer a police officer's questions,
but you must show your driver's license, registration and proof of insurance when stopped while driving a car. In other situations,
you cannot be legally arrested for refusing to identify yourself to a police officer.
You do not have to give your 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 warrant, ask to see it.
Do not interfere with or obstruct the police, even if they begin an illegal search-you can be arrested for it. File a complaint
later if you feel your rights have been violated.
If you are stopped by the police:
1. You may remain silent. You do not have to answer any questions, give your name, age and address, or show any ID unless
you are operating a car or are in a place where liquor is served. However, it is advisable to provide only basic
information, such as name, age and address.
2. Ask if you are under arrest. If so, ask why. If you are not under arrest, you should be free to leave. Never run
from a police officer.
3. Do not physically resist. The police may frisk you for weapons by patting the outside of your clothing, but nothing
more. Make it clear that you do not agree to any search. However, if searched, do not resist. File a complaint later.
If you are stopped in your car:
1. Show your driver's license, registration and proof of insurance upon request. Your car can be searched without a warrant
so long as the police have probably cause. To protect yourself later, make it clear that you do not consent to a search.
2. If you are given a ticket, you should sign it; otherwise you can be arrested. You can always fight the case in court
3. If you are suspected of drunk driving and refuse a breath test, your license can be suspended.
If you are arrested:
1. Whether or not you are guilty, go with the officer. You can make your defense in court.
2. You have the right to remain silent; use it. Tell the police nothing except your name, age and address. Don't give explanations
or stories or try to excuse your conduct.
3. Ask to talk to a lawyer at once. You can do so by phone right after being taken into custody. If you are arrested for
a jailable offense and you can't pay for a lwayer, you have the right to a free one. Don't talk to the police until your lawyer
4. If the police say they have a warrant, ask to see it. Whether or not the police have a warrant to search you or your
property, you can protect your rights by making it clear that you do not agree to any search. Do not physically resist.
5. The police must give you a receipt for everything taken from you, including your wallet and its contents, clothes and
any packages you were carrying when arrested.
6. You may be released with or without bail following booking. If not, you have the right to go into court and see a judge
the next court day after arrest. Demand this right. When you appear before the judge, ask for an attorney.
7. Don't make any decisions in your case until you have talked to a lawyer.
This is not complete advice. Be sure to consult a lawyer.