Street Stop Scenario - Street Stop Scenario In any given...

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Street Stop Scenario Scene from BUSTED In any given public police encounter, with a few notable exceptions , the below rules will help protect your civil rights and improve your chances of leaving safely—so you don't have to be a legal expert to say and do the right thing. 1) Keep Your Private Items Out of View This is common sense: Always keep any private items that you don't want others to see out of sight. Legally speaking, police do not need a search warrant in order to confiscate any illegal items that are in plain view. If you are stopped by a police officer, remain calm. Don't ever -- under any circumstances -- talk back or raise your voice to a police officer. You have nothing to gain -- and everything to lose -- by escalating the hostility level of the encounter. Even if the officers are being belligerent it's always in your best interest to remain calm, courteous and non-confrontational. 3) Determine the Reason You Have Been Stopped Police may initiate a conversation with any citizen for any reason, however they may not detain you without "reasonable suspicion" that you are engaged in criminal activity. Ask the officer: "Why am I being stopped?" If the officer does not indicate that you are suspected of a specific crime, then this is a casual stop and you should be allowed to terminate the encounter at any time. If the officer indicates that you are suspected of criminal activity, you are being detained. At this
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This note was uploaded on 07/03/2008 for the course LAW 1 taught by Professor Law during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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