*Dealing with law enforcement*
By: Texan
23 March 2005

Dealing with law enforcement is rarely a pleasant time because most of the time you have been a victim or witness to a horrible event or you are the criminal worrying about going to prison. This means that you will be scared, upset, angry or in pain and may not be thinking straight. If the crime involves death or serious injury the police that respond may be "on edge" or "hyped up" and be rather aggressive in the performance of their job. If the crime is "minor" in the eyes of the police they may seem uncaring in their words or actions. Regardless of your or the officers state of mind it is best to be prepared to deal with the officers in a calm and efficient manner.


The traffic stop

Traffic stops are common instances that occur occasionally in the lives of most drivers. It is important to make the stop quick and easy for the police officer, so they will allow the stop quick and easy for you.

When you are stopped by a police officer for any reason, there are a few things to remember about how you should act.

It is much easier to just be pleasant to the officer and let them do their job as they see fit. No matter how frustrated with the officer you may be, it will not make your situation any better to show anger or frustration with the officer. Showing anger or yelling at an officer will never make the officer change their mind about a ticket. If you believe the officer broke the law, you should go to the police station to report the incident, after the officer is finished giving you a ticket. If you feel like police officers are always singling you out, you may want to install an audio or video surveillance system in your car to capture any illegal activity. You must remember that hidden audio or video recording is not legal in many cities or states so be sure to check your local laws prior to recording anything.

When you get arrested

Getting arrested is not fun and cannot always be stopped but there are things you can do to make the experience less difficult.


Thought processes of a police officer

Police officers exist to prevent crime and arrest criminals. They do this by observing their surroundings and reacting to what they see. Through their training and daily experience, they have learned to focus on certain individuals that fit into certain categories. One of the first things officers look for is an individual that sticks out in a crowd. If you do anything that is out of the ordinary for the area you are in, you will capture the attention of the police. If you look, dress or act differently than the officer believes is normal for the situation or location; the police will look at you to see if you are breaking the law.

I am not saying it is totally fair how the police focus on some individuals, but it is a fact that it happens and it cannot be changed because it works. The police would not keep a behavior pattern if it did not pay off for them. When police look at the "odd" person in a crowd they are more likely to find a criminal. If you decide to look different than others in a group, do not be surprised if you get more attention from the police than others in a group.


You have the right to remain silent

If you are arrested, you should use the rights you are given by our constitution and stay quiet.

Attempt to control the environment as much as possible. An extra day or two in jail is preferable to being tricked into confessing to a crime and spending years in jail.

The job of the police is to protect and serve, and they do this by sending people to jail.

Note: I am not an attorney and am not giving legal advice other than that you should consult an attorney. I advise you to contact an attorney to make sure any statements in this book are correct for any particular incident or jurisdiction you may be involved with.


Getting sued

People get sued every day for a variety of reasons. It is not the purpose of this section to discuss the merits of any case. This segment discusses what an average person might want to consider doing while going about their daily lives to either prevent a suit or strengthen the chance of winning a law suit.


If you believe a crime is being committed against you by your employer, school, landlord or anyone else, you will need proof to get the law to help you.


The least you should remember from this chapter is:

  1. Be polite and calm

2. Do not give a statement

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