Your Rights and the Police » stopped by the Police
What if you’re stopped by the police?
What you say to the police is always important. What you say can be used against you, and it can give the police an excuse to arrest you, especially if you bad-mouth a police officer. You don’t have to answer a police officer’s questions, but you must show your driver’s license and registration when stopped in a car. In other situations, you can’t legally be arrested for refusing to identify yourself to a police officer.

You don’t have to 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 search warrant, ASK TO SEE IT.

Do not interfere with, or obstruct the police – you can be arrested for it... Under no circumstances should you resist arrest or detention. Do not attempt to break free and run away. You may be beaten, restrained or killed.