Knock, knock. Who’s there?
Meet the cops outside on your porch or in the hallway of your apartment building. Also, bring one or two (preferably sober) friends out there with you to witness everything. Your friends don’t need to be a part of your conversation with the cop, but they should be close enough to hear what everyone is saying.
Do I have to let the cops in?
No. The cops can only come in if: , , They have a search warrant or arrest warrant , There is a real emergency going on (e.g., someone is screaming for help inside) , You let them in
Common Saying of Cops
Most of the time, cops get into parties because hosts let them into parties. All the cops have to do is get you to consent to letting them in. So, they might say something like, “We’re going to check around inside to make sure everything is OK in there. OK?” , If you don’t want the cops to come in, then graciously say something like, “No thank you officer. I don’t consent to your entering my house/apartment.”
Am I required to show my ID?
Technically, you aren’t required to show ID unless you’re being arrested, ticketed, or you’re driving. In fact, the ACLU recently sued the East Lansing police on behalf of a person who was arrested merely for refusing to show a cop his ID
Don’t carry a fake ID
As you sort through your wallet or purse for your ID, the cops will often peer over your shoulder to see if you have a fake ID in there, too. Don’t carry a fake ID, and you won’t get in trouble.
What do I say? If they entered into a Party
You aren’t required to say anything or answer the cops’ questions. But, you should at least speak to the cops to find out why they have stopped by your party.
What will the cops say?
The cops will ask questions to try to confirm that a crime is going on. So, they might ask something like, “You’re serving alcohol to minors in there, aren’t you?” If you get a question like this, do not lie to the cops, and don’t try to give a long explanation.
What should I reply if they ask about Alcoholic Issues?
When the cops ask you this kind of question, just politely decline to answer. Speak in a conversational manner. Don’t be confrontational. Don’t be rude. Don’t ever get physical with a cop.
What if the cops give me a ticket?
Accept the ticket, and don’t make a fuss. There’s nothing you can do about it now, so save it for the judge.
What if they come in even if I don’t give consent?
The cops have no right to do this. But, if this happens, simply say, in a voice loud enough for witnesses to hear, something like, “With all due respect, officer, I don’t consent to your entering my house/apartment.” But, do not become belligerent or physically confrontational.
If your neighbors call the cops because you’re too loud, or if the cops are driving around and hear your roaring party, then you’re in trouble.
If the party grows beyond the bounds of your property, or your friends start blocking the sidewalk or disrupting traffic, then the cops will want to have a word with you.
Even if the party stays on your property, large groups of people hanging around outdoors attract police attention.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have a lot of people over. You can, but try to keep them indoors and on the porch. If the party isn’t noticeable, then the cops will drive by.
Don’t publicly advertise your party with posters or fliers. Have some requirement for entering the party. For example, in order to get into the party, each partier must know the host or at least be a friend-of-a-friend of the host. This way, the cops can’t just stroll in without knocking.
Keep your party inside your house, on your porch, and in your yard. The sidewalk isn’t yours. That little area of grass beyond the sidewalk isn’t yours. Even your driveway is problematic because it’s yours, but only until it meets the street, when it becomes not yours.
Let your neighbors know ahead of time that you’ll be having a party, and ask them to call you –instead of the cops– if the party gets too loud. Then, if your neighbors do call and complain, quiet down. Generally, if you keep the music at a level where people can reasonably talk over it, then it won’t be loud enough to catch the interest of any cops in the neighborhood.
Know the Attitudes
Cops love to play word games, and they’re good at it. They’re also good at taking control and being the boss or coming on like they’re your parents or something
Know your rights
They know that you have rights, but they’re betting that you don’t know what they are. Try to learn it to face the cops accurately
Many people get busted by falling into their traps or by not realizing that the cop is trying to get you to give up your rights … so don’t let them get away with it!
Cute Little Tricks of Cops
“May we search you? No. Why, got something to hide?”, or “Look, can I go? Not yet. Why, am I under arrest? Would you like to be?
Don’t Tell Them Lie
Keep in mind that if you lie to a cop and they can prove it later, that’s one more thing you can be charged with … so don’t tell them anything one way or another!
Remain calm. Don’t offer physical resistance. Be polite if you say anything. Don’t cuss at or mouth off to a cop … fighting words are not protected speech and the cop might have grounds for assault charges against you (or at least will make life a little rougher for you). And, never consent to a search of any kind.
Best case scenario
They detain you for a non-drug reason, such as a broken car light, a traffic violation, stereo too loud, etc. It’s best to play along as “the good citizen” and to be courteous.
If I get into trouble then?
If you totally get into their game and promise to take care of it, at most they’ll write you a ticket, admonish you, and then let you go. Take the lumps! Express remorse! It works
Your rights 1
You have the right to refuse to let them into your home if they don’t have a warrant (4th Amendment). You can refuse to consent to a search (4th Amendment), but you can’t physically stop them.
Your Rights 2
You can remain silent (5th Amendment), although it is often advisable to give them your name, address, and age. You have the right to have your attorney with you while they question you (5th Amendment, I think). You have the right not to sign anything they give you, except for a ticket. Do not make a statement!
The Cops Rights
They can briefly do a pat-down search on the outside of your clothing and check-out suspicious lumps that feel hard and bulky … they want to make sure that you don’t have a concealed weapon (but you should say “I don’t consent to being searched” anyway to cover yourself, and you shouldn’t carry anything incriminating in that same pocket!).
The Cops Rights 2
They can and will ask you everything under the sun (freedom of speech you know). If you blow it by: answering their questions, letting them into your house, or consenting to a search, then they gotcha cold … so don’t do it!
The Cops Rights 3
They can briefly detain you for various purposes, but they can’t hold you unless you’re under arrest (If you ask “Am I free to go?”, and they say no, ask “Why not?” or “What is the law that allows you to hold me?” or “I’m not under arrest, yet you’ve said I can’t leave … please clarify my legal status at this time.”)
The Cops Rights 4
If you try to physically resist them or to run away from them, then they have the right to use force against you … even if you’re clean and have done nothing wrong! So … keep calm and be cool, they’ve got the deck stacked in their favor and they know it.
If Reasonable Suspension Occurs
If Reasonable Suspicion occurs then please Allow them to look briefly, but not to search but if they have search warrant then you should allow them to do it
Probable Causes of Search
Having some kind of evidence against you, such as: a certain smell, an anonymous phone call about you, or seeing a joint lying on your living room table. Refusal to allow a search is not probable cause … if it were, then they could search you no matter what answer you give, which is totally against the US Constitution (4th Amendment).
Two things to remember if they knock the door
One, do not give them an opportunity to look inside … if they see something, that’s probable cause. Two, if they want to conduct an illegal search, then they’ll have to break down your door to do so. Then you can use the broken pieces as evidence against them, whereas if there are no broken pieces, then they will claim that you let them in voluntarily. If they drag on their “question” thing too long, keep asking
How to avoid Cops on the road
Keep your license, registration, and proof of insurance in an easily accessible place, such as attached to your sun visor. The less time it takes for you to get these, the less time the officer has to look through your windows while waiting
If you get caught on road
If you get pulled over, stay in the car, turn on the cab light if it’s dark, roll down your window, keep your hands relaxed on the wheel (10-2 position) so the officer can see them, sit still, relax and wait for the officer to come to you
What should be your movement on road
Sudden moves, Ducking down, Looking Nervous, or Appearing to be searching for something under your seat is just asking for trouble … so, just sit up naturally, be still, and put the officer at ease.
Show them you are innocent
The point of all this is to demonstrate to the officer that you’re an average ordinary citizen ready to be admonished for some small infraction, and that you’re hoping for a warning rather than a citation, so be a little meek and humble.
Make them feel trust about you
The idea is to get the cop to like you and to trust you, and maybe you won’t even get a ticket! When interacting with the cop, be courteous and listen attentively. Be at ease, and talk to the person behind the badge.
Remember it while driving
The cop has the right to look in your car from the outside, so it’s good practice to keep any questionable items put away while you’re driving (i.e., Don’t Keep a Half-Smoked joint sitting in an open ashtray!).
Legal Firearm Carrying
If you’re legally carrying a firearm, it’s advisable to tell the officer (eg, “Officer, I have an unloaded pistol in my glove compartment. What would you like me to do?”). If this is the case, obey their orders immediately
If they say get out of the car
If they ask you to get out of the car, it’s strongly advisable to do so. , Get out slowly in a calm, deliberate and reasonable manner, and follow the cop to see what it is they want to point out to you.
If they want to search the car
If they ask Whether they can search your car, tell them “No. I won’t consent to a search of my car without a warrant.” But as you say this, keep physically relaxed and keep your movements slow. Say it reasonably, as if they’re trying to make a big deal out of nothing.
If they search your car by avoiding your rights
If they proceed anyway with the search, after you’ve tried all the above, your last resort should be to say “If you search my car, without my consent or without a warrant, I will file Federal criminal charges against you for violating my civil rights under the color of law!”
If they search in Public
If they want to search you, then say “I do not consent to being searched.” Always be clear about this, try to involve witnesses, and never physically resist.
What if you do physically resist
If you ever try to resist, then they will use force … they always do. So, be relaxed, move slowly, and keep your hands out where they can see them.
If they conduct search and found something
Almost anything you say at that point will hurt you. The best thing you can do, and it is your Constitutional right, is to say “I want a lawyer” and then keep your trap shut ’til you get one! Don’t answer any of their questions (except name, address, and age) if your lawyer isn’t with you.
If they don’t have warrant but they search your home
then call the State Police (237-7232) and FBI (231-1122), and report an incident of trespass by the local police and ask them to come and remove them. Get your lawyer there as quickly as possible, if you can, and remember that the more witnesses you have, the better…there’s always your neighbors!
If the cops arrest you
If the cops arrest you, then they must give you a receipt for everything they confiscate (wallet, clothing, packages, etc.), so it’s recommended that they must also give you one for whatever they take during the search.
If they arrest you through warrant
Ask “Why am I under arrest?”. They have to tell you. After they book you, demand your two phone calls, at your expense: first to an attorney, relative or employer, and second to a bail bondsman.
Practice with Friends
It’s even better if you get together with your friends and practice on each other, preferably in at least two frames of mind. That way, if you’re one on one with a cop, you’ll be ready to handle the situation
Never Agree to Search
If you’re guilty, you’re helping them catch you. If you’re innocent, you’re wasting your time, you’re taking a chance since they aren’t required to fix anything they break, you’re leaving yourself open for being charged for something you didn’t know about that fell out of a friend’s pocket, and you’ve got the possibility that a couple of morons will think your coconut candy is crack and throw you in jail for a week.
Most Important Things to Remember
The most important things to remember are: , You do not need to speak to cops. Silence is a good thing. , Be sure that you do not accidentally consent to any part of a search. , If you are being questioned, asking for a lawyer will limit what they can use against you in the future. , Always use your best judgment. Consider factors such as: de-escalation of potential violence, protection and safety of others, and overall tactical effectiveness. , Remember that rights do not always equal reality. A law technically on the books is not necessarily enforced or respected by officers.
When officers try talk to us
Do ask “Am I free to go?” , Do not tell them anything else. , Do not believe that what they say to you must be true. Police lie as a means to an end. , Do just walk away if they tell you that you are free to go (running at this point may give them a reason to pursue you)
If we are not free to go
Do say ” I am going to remain silent, I would like to speak to a lawyer.” , Do not tell them anything else, except possibly your name. , Do remember that they are trained to catch people in lies and inconsistencies. (This could hurt you or someone else later) , Do not believe what they say
Just Shut Up
The first thing you want to do when you know you are about to be arrested is to shut up. Nothing you say to the police at that point will help you if you disagree then find me one police officer whose mind was changed in mid arrest because of how well spoken a suspect was.
Good People get arrested all the time
Keep in mind that good people get arrested all the time. The next drug ad you see on TV listen to the potential “side effects” think about how many of them can get a good person to be arrested for a DUI by no fault of their own.
Don’t Assault Them
Try not make the cops mad at you unless you want them to add more charges for disorderly conduct or any violence. Do NOT attempt to assert yourself in any fashion…Don’t raise your voice and don’t talk trash
The overwhelming majority of police officers are good, honest people just doing their job. Be polite and respectful, and know that yes sir, no sir, please and thank you will go a long way. Don’t talk back, don’t get confrontational, and don’t be rude.
Don’t give him reason to be nervous
Don’t be jumpy, don’t make unexpected movements, and keep your hands in plain view. A relaxed and comfortable police officer is much less likely to teaser your twitchy ass.
Don’t think you’re smarter than the police officer
You might be smarter, you might not, but keep in mind that it is the officer’s job to pick up on lies and it’s so obvious that an officer can sniff out bullshit better than you can lie.
Possible tasks done by Cops
1. Questioning; , 2. Formal interviewing; , 3. Fingerprinting; , 4. Requesting body samples; , 5. Charging: and , 6. Granting bail
Don’t DO Further
If you are warranted by a cop not to do a crime next time, its recommended that you should not do the same crime again at least not in front of that cop, that would cause you a huge punishment