Your Encounter With Police
Usually, the officer will ask your name and address, ask for identification and ask you what you are doing. Of course, you need not answer. Your right to remain silent is written into the U.S. Constitution and the N.Y.S. Constitution.
From this moment until the end of your encounter with the police, what the police officer can do and cannot do is closely regulated by current laws. If at some point you are arrested, your lawyer will have the opportunity to challenge the legality of each and every action the police officer took during the encounter.
What Should You Do?
You should not, under any circumstances, use force to resist any intrusion by police. Even if you believe that the police are acting in violation of your rights, do not resist. Police Use of Force: If you resist an arrest, the police are allowed to use all necessary means to arrest you, including force. Leave it to your lawyer to challenge the lawfulness of the police intrusion into your life.
As soon as your encounter with police ends, call your attorney and schedule an appointment. Then, with a pen and pad in hand, sit down and write careful notes of the entire police encounter. Document the entire incident, including:
Bring your detailed notes to your attorney’s office as soon as possible. Remember, the sooner you retain an attorney, the greater the chances of a favorable result.
At Martin Colin, P.C., our experienced criminal defense attorneys zealously assert your rights as a free citizen guaranteed under State and Federal laws. We protect you from incriminating investigation and defend you from criminal prosecution.
If you suspect that you are the target of a criminal investigation, give us a call toll free at (914) 771 7711 or use the ‘Contact Us’ form on this website.