The primary duty of a police officer is to protect people and property. They maintain order, catch lawbreakers, and work to prevent crimes. In carrying out their law enforcement duties, police officers have contact with those in the communities they serve in order to get information and to gather evidence.
A police officer can ask to speak to you at anytime. The duration of the encounter and whether your response is voluntary or mandatory differs depending on the nature of the stop. Generally, there are three types of interactions with the police: Consensual voluntary encounter– If a police officer stops you without a warrant, probable…Details
It is important that you make sure the person at the door is a law enforcement officer. Once the officer has provided sufficient identification, he or she may ask permission to enter your home. Unless the officer has a warrant, you have the right to refuse the officer access to your home. Nevertheless, you should…Details
Generally, a traffic stop is considered reasonable—and therefore legal—if police: 1) have a legitimate reason (called “reasonable suspicion”) for stopping the motorist in the first place, and 2) conduct the roadside detention in a reasonable manner. Officers cannot randomly engage in roving stops of drivers to check licenses and registrations. In 1990, the United States…Details
The police are allowed to search your car without a search warrant as long as there is probable cause to believe that there is evidence of a crime or contraband located in your car. The scope of a warrantless search of an automobile is defined by the object of the search and the places in…Details
The failure to answer questions posed by the police, in and of itself, does not provide probable cause to arrest you. Other relevant conduct or circumstances may lead an officer to conduct an investigative stop. Keep in mind that section 901.36, Florida Statutes, provides that giving false information to the police during a valid investigative…Details
- Be polite. Remain calm.
- Avoid sudden movements. Keep your hands where the officer can see them.
- Comply with the officer’s lawful requests.
- Report any inappropriate behavior by the officer to authorities after the encounter has concluded.