Know Your Rights

Here’s a few things you should know.

We will start with the short film “10 Rules for Dealing with Police”:
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Here is a few Q&A’s from

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Are drug checkpoints legal?
No. Drug checkpoints are a trap! The Supreme Court has ruled that random checkpoints for the purpose of finding illegal drugs are unconstitutional. However, police sometimes put up signs warning drivers of up-coming drug checkpoints and instead pull over people who make illegal u-turns or discard contraband out the window. If you see a sign saying “Drug Checkpoint Ahead”, just keep driving and don’t panic. If there’s a rest area following the sign, DO NOT pull into it. If you do, you’ll find yourself surrounded by drug-sniffing dogs.

Police departments, especially in the Mid-west, have been pushing their luck with this tactic, so if you encounter anything resembling an actual drug checkpoint, please contact that state’s ACLU Chapter. Similarly, if you’re arrested as a result of a real or fake “drug checkpoint”, you must contact an attorney to explore your legal options.


What are my rights at sobriety checkpoints?
Sobriety checkpoints — also known as DUI checkpoints — are the most common roadblocks you might encounter. They function as a general purpose investigatory tactic where police can get a close look at passing motorists by detaining them briefly. A roadblock stop is quick, but it gives police a chance to check tags and licenses, while also giving officers a quick whiff of the driver’s breath and a chance to peer into the vehicle for a moment.

Remember that your constitutional rights still apply in a roadblock situation. Though police are permitted to stop you briefly, they may not search you or your car unless they have probable cause or you agree to the search. Keep in mind that if you’re driving under the influence, your constitutional rights provide very little protection in this situation.

Since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Illinois v. Caballes police have more leeway to use drug-sniffing dogs in roadblock situations. There’s no need to waive your rights simply because dogs are present. But be advised that your legal options are limited if you’re arrested as a result of a dog sniff during a roadblock.

Also keep in mind that police closely monitor cars approaching the roadblock. So you’re not likely to have any success trying to evade it.

Sobriety checkpoints are generally permitted by the courts, but only if conducted properly. If you’re arrested at a police roadblock always consult an attorney before confessing or agreeing to a plea bargain. There might be some legal options that your lawyer can pursue.


When are police allowed to frisk me?
If they have reasonable suspicion to detain you, police may conduct a pat down (frisk) of the outside of your clothing to check for weapons, but only if they have a basis for suspecting you’re armed.

If they feel a hard item that might be a weapon, police may reach into your pockets. Sometimes officers reach into suspects’ pockets looking for drugs even if they don’t feel a weapon. This is common, but it’s illegal.

Police may ask you to reveal the contents of your pockets. Just like other search requests, you have the right to refuse.


What if police threaten to call the dogs?
Your rights do not disappear if the officer threatens to call in the dogs, so don’t let this all-too-common tactic intimidate you into consenting to search requests.

Usually, the officer won’t have a police dog on hand and he needs reasonable suspicion to detain you while waiting for the K-9 unit. Before the dogs arrive, you have the right to determine if you can leave by asking “Officer, am I free to go?” If the officer refuses and detains you until the dogs come, you have the right to remain silent and refuse to consent to any searches.

If a K-9 unit arrives, you have the right the right to refuse to consent to a dog sniff, even if the officer claims you have to. Be aware that unlocking your car at the officer’s request or handing the officer your keys is the same as consenting to a search. You always have the right to refuse by stating “Officer, I don’t consent to any searches.” Repeat, if necessary.

If a judge determines that officer had no justification to detain you until the dog arrived, any evidence discovered by the dog can be thrown out in court


When are police allowed to search my home?
The Supreme Court has ruled that the home is entitled to maximum protection from police searches and seizures. Specifically, the court has ruled that even if police have probable cause to believe that something illegal is going on inside your home, the 4th Amendment requires them to get a signed warrant from a judge to legally enter and search. The major exception to the search warrant requirement is where consent is given to an officer’s request to enter. If, for example, an officer is legally invited into your home, any illegal items that are out in the open — or in “plain view” — can be seized as evidence, which can lead to an arrest. That being the case, it’s always wise to keep any private items that you don’t want others to see out of view of your entrance area.

As is often the case, a naïve friend, family member, or roommate may invite police into your home. So they too should be aware of their right to refuse police entry.

The other less frequently invoked exception to the warrant requirement falls under the category of emergency — or exigent — circumstances where there’s immediate danger. For example, if police enter your home in pursuit of a violent criminal suspect, any illegal items in plain view many be seized as evidence.

When do I have to show police my ID?
This is a tricky issue. As a general principle, citizens who are minding their own business are not obligated to “show their papers” to police. In fact, there is no law requiring citizens to carry identification of any kind.

Nonetheless, carrying an ID is generally required if you’re driving a vehicle or a passenger on a commercial airline. These requirements have been upheld on the premise that individuals who prefer not to carry ID can choose not to drive or fly.

From here, ID laws only get more complicated. In Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, the Supreme Court upheld state laws requiring citizens to disclose their identity to police when officers have reasonable suspicion to believe criminal activity may be taking place. Commonly known as “stop-and-identify” statutes, these laws permit police to arrest criminal suspects who refuse to identify themselves.

As of 2008, 24 states had stop-and-identify laws. Regardless of your state’s law, keep in mind that police can never compel you to identify yourself without reasonable suspicion to believe you’re involved in criminal activity.

But how can you tell if an officer asking you to identify yourself has reasonable suspicion? Remember, police need reasonable suspicion to detain you. One way to tell if they have reasonable suspicion is to determine if you’re free to go. You could do this by saying “Excuse me officer. Are you detaining me, or am I free to go?” If the officer says you’re free to go, leave immediately and refrain from answering any additional questions.

If you’re detained, you’ll have to decide whether withholding your identity is worth the possibility of arrest or a prolonged detention. In cases of mistaken identity, revealing who you are might help to resolve the situation quickly. On the other hand, if you’re on parole in California, for example, revealing your identity could lead to a legal search. Knowing your state’s laws can help you make the best choice.

Keep in mind that the officer’s decision to detain you will not always hold up in court. Reasonable suspicion is a vague evidentiary standard, which lends itself to mistakes on the officer’s part. If you’re searched or arrested following an officer’s ID request, always contact an attorney to discuss the incident and explore your legal options.


Do undercover police have to reveal their identity when asked?
No. It’s commonly believed that undercover police have to reveal their identity when asked. This is false. Police are allowed to lie in order to make arrests.

Undercover officers in particular are very skilled at manipulating suspects and concocting clever stories to conceal that they are police. Note that police can also use drugs and do other things you wouldn’t expect a cop to do.

There’s no trick for finding out if someone is an undercover officer. If you’re concerned about this, just be careful around people you don’t know and reconsider any activities that are making you nervous. The one thing all undercover cops have in common is that they want people to commit crimes. Avoid anyone who pressures you to do something illegal.


What are the rights of passengers during a traffic stop?
Traffic stops typically occur as a result of suspected moving violations committed by the driver of the vehicle. Passengers cannot be held responsible for the driver’s conduct and are generally free to leave, unless police become suspicious of them during the course of the stop.

Unfortunately, this happens frequently and the amount of evidence required to detain passengers is minimal. For this reason, passengers must remember to refuse search requests and refrain from answering questions without an attorney present. Police who suspect criminal activity will often separate the occupants of an automobile and question them separately. If their stories differ, this could lead officers to claim that they have probable cause to prolong the detention or conduct a search.

As with any other brief detention, the best way to handle this situation is to determine if you can leave by asking “Officer, are you detaining me, or am I free to go?”


If police have a search warrant, do they have to show it to me?
No. The Supreme Court has never ruled that police must present the search warrant when performing a search.

The purpose of the warrant is to establish legal authority to conduct the search and create a paper trail in case the search is challenged. Since executing a search warrant is considered a high-risk activity for police, officers are permitted to enter quickly and forcefully. If you have doubts about the legality of a search warrant issued against you or your property, you’ll need to discuss the matter with your attorney.

Remember that police don’t need consent to search if they have a warrant. But if officers ask for consent to search, you always have the right to refuse even if they claim that they have a warrant or that they can easily get one.


What if police say they smell marijuana?
This is a tough situation. Smelling marijuana does give police probable cause to search your car. For this reason, police are quick to claim that they smell something and sometimes they might even lie about it. All you can really do is say, “Officer, I have nothing to hide, but I don’t consent to any searches.” If they search you anyway and something is found, you’ll need an attorney to help you fight the charges.

Unfortunately, police sometimes use tricks like this to circumvent your constitutional rights and there’s no perfect way to handle the situation. Of course, they are most likely to do this if they are suspicious of you for some reason, so do your best to stay calm. In many cases, the officer will mention marijuana just to see how you react. If you appear nervous, the officer’s suspicions will escalate.

Police often think they can tell by looking at you whether you’re a “pothead,” so be extra careful if there’s anything about your appearance that might draw their attention. How you dress and what kind of vehicle you drive is a personal choice, but police definitely look out for certain “stoner” stereotypes. If your look makes you stick out, you should think carefully about what items to keep in the car with you.

Finally, never smoke marijuana in or around your car. At Flex Your Rights, they hear many stories from people who’ve been arrested, and smoking marijuana in public places like vehicles is the #1 cause of avoidable arrests.


What if I refuse, but police search me anyway?
Unfortunately police sometimes search you even if you refuse consent. If they find anything illegal and you’re arrested, you’ll have to get a lawyer and fight it out in court.

If the officer convinces the judge that there was probable cause to search without your consent, then the evidence will be admissible in court. If your lawyer convinces the judge that there was no probable cause, then the evidence will be thrown out and your charges will be dismissed.

Every case is unique, so it’s hard for us to tell you how good your chances are in your particular case. Your attorney should be able to tell you what to expect from the judges in your area.

If you’re searched illegally and nothing is found, you may consider taking legal action or at least filing a complaint. Local attorneys, as well as your local ACLU and NAACP chapters may be able to help you.


What are my rights with private security guards?
Be aware that private security personnel outnumber police officers in the United States by three to one. As a result, you may be more likely to be confronted by a security guard than by a police officer.

Private security personnel have a right to search you as a condition of entry into private property, for example. It is up to the individual to decide if a search is worth the price of admission. As long as you are free to walk away, the security personnel do not pose a threat to your constitutional rights.

Keep in mind that a security guard can turn illegal drugs over to a police officer. In such a case, the contraband could be legally used against you in court. And at the present time, the Fourth Amendment does not apply to searches carried out by non-governmental employees like private security guards.


137 Responses to Know Your Rights

  1. matt hecksel says:

    I have a question. if a driver gets pulled over and detained. do the passengers have to get out of the auto if the officer wants to do a air sniff test with dogs?

  2. Jason Burnside says:

    This is informative but dose not help. They illegally search you, they reject your application for dismissal of evidence based on the 4th amendment rights violation and being detained without probable cause. Then you’ve paid the attorney and court fees. You were better off to just take a plea. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? I can testify first hand that America isn’t free anymore and your guilty until you have enough money to buy innocence. Sad but true, this is what capitalism has done to the people who were supposed to be protecting us.

    • Bob Wyman says:

      It does help if you remember to never answer any questions, decline with respect. You are never under any obligation to talk to police. If they instigate a search clearly advise them you do not consent. If you are arrested for any reason as a result of an unauthorized search and have kept silent then officer in court must supply legitimate reasons. If he cannot and he has nothing from your mouth to go on it will be dropped. One can represent themselves. If the charge is dropped then seek an attorney and start a lawsuit.
      Too many people fall into that way of thinking that cops do what they want so they start talking to the cop. Never ever talk except to refuse searches.

    • ann naughtomus says:

      Never agree to a plea bargain they are no bargain at all you have a right to trial by jury use it.

      • Brandon says:

        Ya no… trial by jury SUCKS. I got pulled over for ‘speeding’ never sped a day in my life! I took this bleep to the judge and the Judge fired his arse the second SECOND time he gave me a speeding ticket. I have been hounded by CHP ever since I was doing 55 in a 65 zone got pulled over and given a ticket for doing 85 in a construction zone driving without a license/insurance/registration all BS. I had to go to curt for 5 MONTHS ‘speedy trial’ my ASS! I still had to pay the court fees that amounted to 2200 and pay to get my car out of impound on top of it! the patrolman got a slap on the wrist “don’t do this again” by the judge… I mean WTF?!? And I am STILL being hounded by these twats! every time I drive MY OWN VEHICLE I get pulled over EVERY time but if I borrow a friends… parents siblings… nothing ever… I am sick of how corrupt the system is it is BS through and through

      • annony2014 says:

        Not true. I plead my self out of 60days, and 5 very nasty misdemeanors, left with only a innocent looking misdemeanor. A jury costs $7,500… best lawyer in town who knows people and coerce the DA to a bargain $5,000. Which is better $12,500 or 5,000?

      • Jamie Jo says:


    • Robert Kriegar says:

      Taking a plea, particularly in a shady or corrupt local system, carries its’ own risks. These things can pile up, or crop up after any amount of time, and aggravate some unrelated circumstance. If you can afford it, fight it.

    • tim says:

      You are wrong to blame capitalism for this. Corruption and abuse of power are to blame. Do you believe that your individual liberty will be better respected in a communist country? China perhaps?

    • Silas says:

      Bottom line if they find something illegal your argument does not matter. Probable cause can only be challenged if they don’t find anything. The only exception is if they say they smell pot and they find something unrelated to drugs. Example you have stolen goods and the search was based on drug suspicion

  3. Dave Gentile says:

    ^^^That’s why the best answer is to make drugs legal! All the ancillary nonsense goes away. The only downside is right wingers and the Feds will need to find another boogeyman to use to strip away our rights.

    • Michelle says:

      They will never make drugs legal. this is how they make extra money besides taxes…. FUCK AMERICA

      • ngharo says:

        Things are changing. I think we’ll see reform sooner or later. Wait til the numbers come out of Washington and Colorado. Politicians love money.

      • Jamie Jo says:

        You are SHO F***IN RIGHT!!! Best best BEST thing to do is avoid the bulls**t. Bad as it sux for that to be the truth here in the U.S. of A.

  4. Dan lawrence says:

    If you are not doing anything illegal- then whats the problem?

    • Bob Wyman says:

      That is a bogus question that cops use to trick you into a search. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear? I fear giving up my Rights and they cannot argue that.

      • AnarchyAngel says:

        +1 on that!

      • old skool says:

        What you should do when you get pulled over is have everything ready your. registration and license and speak with respect keep the same tone in your voice and don’t look scared, they don’t know what you have. and plus if your riding dirty and smoking ur fucking stupid.

    • george says:

      Well, you would think that there would be no problem if your not breaking the law.The problem is that here in the USA especially in the State of Alabama you can be breaking the law with out even knowing it.You may have the best intentions in the world,you may actually helping a person in need but yet you broke some law in the process and didt even know it.For what ever reason, if the police dont like the way you look, talk , or smell they will just make up some bogus charge.I have met people in jail that are waiting to go before the judge in order to answer for charges that are not even on the books.In Alabama the way it works is that all the police have to do is make up something and word it correctly.As long as the officer is articulate enough to word the charge(s) in a way the half way sounds like something that should be illegal your gonna have to pay for it.Americans have become so lazy and dependent on the government, most people dont even care that the gov’t/police are intentionally going out of its way to make life as hard on someone as humanly possible.For instance, this morning I went to the Dept of Public Safety/Transportation to get just a State issued ID car.I couldn’t even get a simple non-drivers license State ID because I got a ticket from a state trooper 3 or 4 years ago for not wearing a seat belt.I payed the God Damned 25$ ticket years ago and figured that was that, end of story,period the end.Oh no!! I should have known that dealing with any level of Government in the State of Alabama was going to be complicated than doing what I was told to do by just paying the ticket.That would make sense, so AL aint gonna have that!They told me that I had a warrant and that I was lucky that they didn’t have a trooper available at that time or i would have been arrested and taken to jail until the next time they have court.They said I payed the 25$ fine,they had a record of me paying in their computer,but………….there is always a but when dealing with these assclowns, but……….They say I never payed the 68$ fee that was added to the 25$ fine for court cost.I have never gotten a ticket where the court cost is more than the fine, let alone more than double what the actual fine cost.I just found out this morning that if you owe the State ANY amount of money, even if you owe 1 cent, they will NOT let you get any form of ID.I can understand them giving me a hard time If I were trying to get a new DL while I have a warrant for an unpaid ticket.Even though that too is a little bit ridiculous for a 4 years old debt of 68$, I can live with not being able to re-new a Drivers License until I pay off the 68$, but to deny someone a regular ass State ID card because of a traffic ticket is just a crock of shit!! what the hell does my driving record have to do with getting an ID.I can’t even get a job, even the shittiest jobs require you to provide your employer with some form of gov’t issued ID.How am I supposed to pay off the ticket in order to get the warrant rescinded if I can’t get a job.How can I get a legit job if I can’t get an ID card.When I asked to DMV supervisor if he could provide me with a copy of the law that stipulates one cannot get any form of state issued ID if you owe money for a traffic ticket,I was told that they do not have to answer to me and that should go about my business before they changed their minds and have me detained until I have to go before the judge.The supervisor really didn’t like it when I told him that yes,in fact they do have to answer to me when i request a copy of a statute under the freedom of information act and that by denying me such information is a violation of the law.If the gov’t is going to hold me accountable law,code,regulation,statute,policy I too will hold the Gov’t accountable for following the law.I respectfully informed the man that violating the freedom of information act is grounds for legal action.I, along with every other US citizen have certain unalienable rights endowed(given) to every citizen by their creator(basically, these rights are given to everyone by God{or what/who ever someone believes/calls their creator}and not given to the people by the government)These rights include Life,Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.I told the supervisor that denying me identification directly affects my ability to obtain employment.By denying my ability to obtain employment the Dept of Public Saftey/Transportation has overstepped it authority.I told him that the DPS/ALDOT doesn’t have the right/authority to deny my ability to obtain employment and by doing so he is subject to legal action or violating my ivil rights, specifically my right to pursue happiness and my right to liberty.I understand that no law can be passed that could guarantee the people the right to be happy,such a law would be ludicrous.When respected by the Government and a countries citizens the God given right for one to pursue their happiness makes perfect sense, can be guaranteed by the Constitution, and protected by law.In order for me to be able to exercise my right to pursue my happiness ,which was endowed to every US citizen by their creator,obtaining employment or at the very least seeking employment is a necessary step in the process of me pursuing my happiness.The requirements for one to be happy varies from one individual to another.Only a few requirements must be met for me to be happy.They are as follows……………….A relationship with God(my creator),I must have a source of income weather that income be cash money or goods acquired from bartering, start my own family(family consist of a wife and children,last but not the least the ability to provide for, protect, love, and to do what ever is possible to make my wife happy and her to be able to exercise her rights equally.To me, those are very basic requirements for me to be happy.When the Gov’t oversteps its authority and denies me the tools/abilities to pursue ANY of those basic requirements for me to be happy is when I have a problem.The American people and the Police especially, do not seem to realize or they simply just do not care that the rights guaranteed/protected by the Constitution(which is the supreme law of the land and supersedes and state,local law, and or county/city ordinance)are laws too.It is the job of the police to enforce the law.Law enforcement and our courts have this mentality that they are responsible for only enforcing the laws that provide revenue for the Nation,State,County, and city governments.They pick and choose what laws they want to enforce, by doing so they inadvertently restrict the liberties/rights guaranteed to the citizens by default.Thomas Jefferson said,”Every time a new law is passed it takes away the personal liberties of someone.” Our Government has gotten out of control.With every election,passing of new laws, and complacent behavior of every new generation we get closer and closer to a communist,oppressive, tyrantical,over bearing,rouge, made up of the “elitist” entitlement mentality thinking,nanny& police state,socialist,over paid, corrupt,non-accountable,above the law believing, and I’ll do what I wan,t because I can, and just simply fucked up non functioning form of government.Our gov’t rules/operates behind this facade we have been taught to call freedom.Sure there are worse countries out there.As bad as we might think we have it here, there is always a country who’s people survive with far far less than most Americans used to having.While I feel empathy for these people, I hate it for them.I aint our problem.They are poor and live like that because they allow their govt to rule them with an iron fist.Before we can worry about the problems other people i other parts of the world face, we need to stop kidding ourselves and take care of our own domestic problems faced by impoverished Americans on a daily basis.This country started from shit.When our forefathers came to this land for the first time, hey didn’t have a pot to piss in. Facing impossible odds and with out having that pot to piss in we flourished.The people of Colonial America united together against a common enemy, sharing a common goal, and fought one of the most seasoned combat hardened well trained armies in the world at that time in history.Those people accomplished the unthinkable and paved the way for what at one time was the greatest and most powerful nations in human history.Those men and women had one thing that I truly believe the average American today is lacking.For lack of a better phrase,”they had a huge set of stainless steel!” They were tired of being oppressed, taken advantage of, taxed to death, and pretty much shit on by the monarchy of the British. They had a belief that there had to be a better way of life,people should be free, and the government should fear the people not the people fearing the gov’t. Once the colonist of early America had enough they did something that I think would damned near impossible for people today to do.They held firm in their beliefs, came together from about as diverse a group of people from all walks of life to have ever existed up until that point in time.They didn’t compromise, they didn’t give in, they stuck to what they believed in to the point they were willing to give their life(and many of them did just that,or else we wouldn’t be here today.Well,most of us would be British if we hadn’t have put up such a good fight.) so that their children ,grand children,and grandchildren’s grandchildren could have a better way of life.They didn’t get scared when the Brits threatened to imprison,execute, or even burn their homes to the ground for rebeling when the British would impose an unfair tax, law, or martial law.They said “Fuck you and the horse you road in on.”The people rebeled,banded together, formed militia, and even formed/started a republic form of government(Continental Congress) despite being under the authority of the Crown of England.People today have been brainwashed into thinking they are special and to be an individual.That is all fine and dandy,people should feel confident in themselves,have the ability to think on their own, and voice their own personal opinions.Nothing wrong woth that at all,that is what America is supposed to be all about.The problem is that we have shifted from a healthy and prosperous way of thinking of personal freedoms and what it means to be an individual to a way of degenerate, selfish, argumentative, self centered way of thinking when it comes to individuality.We have become comfortable with our beer, monday night football,big huge SUVs used for some soccer mom to haul around her little accessory shit eating ankle biting “dog”.We let our gov’t do what ever it wants to the constitution, our personal liberties,our freedom as a nation as a whole, and we don’t hold them accountable for shit!!They take one freedom at a time,with just enough time in between taking our rights to allow us to get used to the new “law” using media induced fear and mass hysteria as one of the many tactics our government uses to scare the general public into thinking that terrorist are going to take over the world if we do not pass this new law.Sure you’ll have to give up a little privacy,personal liberty, or your first born, but thats the small price we must pay for freedom.Bullshit!!Callme crazy,call me what ever you want, but keep on sleeping.Weather you like it or not one day you’ll be forced to wake up and by that time it may be too late for you.I for one am not a sheep,im not gonna follow you to the slaughter house just because most people are too scared of being labeled something negative or being scared someone might get offended for standing up for yourself and saying,”NO!!”I sure wish all the people I hear sitting around bitching about the way things are and how it was way better back in the day would shut up bitching and do something.Action speak louder than words.Anyone can say anything, but it takes a real man or woman stand up for what they say they believe in and do something about it.If we want this country to remain the greatest nation in the world we must UNITE,we must stop worring about the petty bullshit differences we have.If we want change Obama or any other government official aint gonna give it to us.As great a President many people believe Obama to be,he is still human.He is still a politician.He doesn’t give two shits about what happens to any one of us.As long as he gets his”entitlements” off the hard working backs of the public he is happy.Take those things from him and every other politician and i promise they wont be as righteous as they act on CNN.Remember people this is OUR country,not the government.The government would not exist if it were not for the people of this country,the people are going to exist and prosper no matter if the gov’t is hear or not.This is our Nation!! We DO have the authority as US citizens o tell the gov’t NO!!Stand up for your rights folks.I promise you one thing,if we do not use what rights we have left,we will loose those rights with out a doubt.When that happens we have no one to blame but our selves for allowing the govt to make “sheepeople” out of us and not putting our feet down when they have gone too far.If your not a part of the solution,your part of the problem.WE DO HAVE A VOICE AMERICA,USE IT!!!!!!

      • DDDEDICATED says:

        I’m with you, man! Keep speaking out, and be heard. Your message is fundamental, but falling out of grace. The people of this great nation need to be reminded of the basics.
        Obama has everyone so brainwashed (forever bought and paid for with a $600 stimulus check) that we’ve now allowed govt to gain control of our health & well being.
        It won’t be long before we’re in a state of martial law and kept under the govt’s thumb by force.
        We have fallen right into their evil plan. Our unalienable rights must be remembered, enforced and upheld!

        • William Lawrence Antonio says:

          You need to stop smoking illegal drugs blaming President OBama. That’s why Trump is such a Danger to US, he talks of being a One Man government, I bet you want him. Cops are allowed to much liberty to do what they want without punishment. I think you need to move to Russia so you can understand that what you’re talking about is stupid.

      • Jamie Jo says:

        PREACH ON BRUTHA!! For real. American government SUX!!!! I can’t stand it. And, yes, I’m going to leave. No worries. Soon as I finish stackin a little more paper.

    • the problem with that logic is ..what if you had a friend or friends in your car a few days before you were pulled over and someone accidently dropped a bud on your floor board or even worse a baggie with residue in it without your knowledge and you having nothing to hide consent to a search . the police find it, do you honestly think they will believe you when you say that’s not mine. NO you will have consented to a whole heap of trouble which could have been avoided if you just exercised

    • annony2014 says:

      Dignity, embarrassment… and God forbid they plant something on you cuz they need to meet their quota.

      • Ace says:

        Exactly!! I got to sit in the back of a cruiser and watch two cops go thru my truck then bring me to it and act like I’ve gotta sign this paper for consent to search.. I am still scared something else besides the mysterious knife I found in my truck is going to be somewhere I haven’t checked!

  5. Robert Kriegar says:

    The problem, Dan Lawrence, is that there are several facets to be concerned about-not the least of which is that police become used to violating your rights without resistance. This makes protecting your rights unsafe, very often.

    If you’re not doing anything illegal, then why are you under suspicion? Why are you being detained? Searched?

    Not doing anything illegal entitles you-in fact, almost requires you-to maintain the integrity of your civil rights, both for yourself, and every citizen in this country.

    • bob marley says:

      The other day i was in a parking lot sitting on my bike, getting ready to go home. Right next to meet 2 feet away is my friends car, he opended the door so i could talk to him and i asked him what do you want to do today and then a cop pulls up and the cop is yelling at me to not move!, I do what the cop says but im looking at him like what the fuck! he jumps out of the car from 4-5 feet away and is coming towards me, i say “hello officer, there is nothing going on, what are you doing?” while he is still 3 feet away he says “i smell like marijuan” which i didnt. and he grabs me off of the bike and i say “What are you doin sir, I haven’t done anything wrong, nothing is going on why are you aprehending me? He doesnt’t say anything and as hes pulling me to the squad car he is going through my pockets. “I say sir what are you doing, their was no illegal activity going on, anything you find will not be used in couart. the cop says” shut up you are not a lawyer” He finds weed on me and a hyrdocodine, he then says ” This pill is a felony your going to jail. I spent the night in jail and now i have a felony. i have houu arrest and a curfew. what the fuck did the cop have justification to what he did, im pretty sure that was an illegal search and seizure.

      • combatoverride says:

        Your rights were violated. You need an attorney. I’d recommend contacting the ACLU for help.

      • Ashley Murphy says:

        You could have gotten the whole case thrown out if you had a lawyer. The officer had absolutely no reason to approach you in the way that he did, or approach you at all for that matter. That in itself is an unreasonable seizure, therefore, any contraband found afterward was the fruit of the poisonous tree and inadmissible in court. Not to mention even if he could somehow justify why he approached you to begin with, and even that he smelled marijuana, he can only frisk you for a weapon and unless you kept your marijuana in a hard case that felt like a gun or a knife he cannot go through your pockets without permission, which you CLEARLY did not give. That is an unreasonable search and any evidence obtained during the search is inadmissable. That shit’s messed up. You got screwed over terribly. What a pompous ass that guy is. I’m so sorry.

    • Yohny Anon says:

      Dude you must be a Piggy.

  6. Bob Wyman says:

    Police at a checkpoint have to abide by a predetermined criteria for waving a vehicle in to check with a supervisor present to oversee the process. It is based on vehicle counting such as every 5th car. Random choosing is actually “profiling” which is illegal.

    • F4R4D4Y says:

      Read this, pay special attention to pages 13-30
      Profiling isnt illegal in many states, also isnt profiling if you’re the only person around at the time, and they decide to question you. It still happens, and its a weak defense. Expect to stay there a long time if they have nothing else to do. They are USED to people talking, answering questions, etc, so this will be seen as an attempt to annoy him. He isnt a robot, he will get a little pissed at you for this. Dont give in, suck it up. If you pull the silent treatment, you WILL get fucked with a bit. If its 2:30AM, he could suspect you’d been drinking, he will say “Your vehicle matched the description of a call” and so on. Location, time, and why he THINKS you are there ALL play in to why he stopped you in the first place. Remember to NOT TALK. SHUT UP. Be polite when he asks you questions. Tell him where you’re going if you have to tell him something. He’s probably bored and wants to have a few words BUT they are hardwired to watch, listen, and make arrests and twist words into a confession. Just like a mechanic finding that hidden problem in a car he is fixing, an officer wants to find out of you’ll admit to speeding, having drugs, etc. He wants to be good at HIS job, too.

  7. F4R4D4Y says:

    I’d forgot to mention, your best defense against a drug stop or DUI is to not have drugs on you and to not drink and drive. That $150 cab ride home is expensive, but so is losing your job, having your car impounded, and spending $15000 on a lawyer and still might lose.

    • annony2014 says:

      Don’t forget the ankle bracelet for 30-90 months ($60/mth). This one can be embarrassing at work if you still have one.
      Blowing into a machine 4 times a day and at night when the machine starts alarming off.
      Not being allowed to go outside the house except to work, dui school, and AA (and no you can’t go to the store).
      Suspended, therefore can’t drive for 30 days then restricted which can be ignition interlock device for 6mths to 2yrs. Or it can be restricted to just driving to places as specified above for a bracelet.
      Court fines.
      Possible hard labor on side of the highways with the embarrassing neon yellow jackets.
      And of course MADD panel.
      3 years probation (nothing in your blood over 0.00) and perhaps searches of your properties and car(s).
      California is the founder of MADD… maybe that has something to do with it.

  8. krystal says:

    If you have custody of your kids n ur ex doon’t how can they put a protective order on ur husband n list the kids on it when they don’t live in the anywhere and doesn’t have anything to do with the kids n the ex is homeless and if the cops catch someone in ur garage n u don’t know their there how can they arrest u for them being there and charge u with false informing, and invasion of privacy and slap a no contact on u from seeing ur kids

  9. Moe says:

    Does private security have the right to search your genitals inside your underwear? Do they have the right to search you inside your trousers? Please respond at your earliest.

  10. Melissa says:

    I have a question about police officers being called to check on what could have possibly been a suicide. My friend recently tried to commit suicide so when one night no one could get her to answer the phone and she had been sending morbid texts all that day, her mother called the authorities to check on her. Because as they said, they could get there quicker than she could. Once they arrived they saw, in plain view a very small amount of marijuana and an item of paraphernalia. My friend was fine by the way just sleeping, until they took the bowl and weed and said they would be back for a search warrant after they tested what they had confiscated. If anyone could help me figure out what our rights are in this situation it would be greatly appreciated. Why wasn’t she arrested on the spot? They were called for help not to make a bad day worse.

    • AnarchyAngel says:

      Let me start with this is not legal advice, I am not a lawyer. Well its not likely they will get a warrant for some weed, and not knowing where you live I can not say why they didn’t arrest her on the spot, but it does sound like they had everything they needed to enter the apartment lawfully assuming weed is not fully legal in your area. As always your best bet is to consult a lawyer, because no matter how well you know the law a lawyer will know it better and he/she will have access to resources that you will not.

      • annony2014 says:

        Not all lawyers are equal. I would get at least 3 lawyers opinion. They usually give free advise in the beginning to entice your business.

  11. Derek Halbert says:

    My question pertains to the question about passengers rights say the driver is pulled over and me as a passenger is legally carrying my firearm am I legally obliged to inform the officer even though the driver is the one in question…

    • AnarchyAngel says:

      Let me start with this is not legal advice, I am not a lawyer. In Wisconsin you have to show your photo ID and concealed-carry license to a law enforcement officer upon request. The state recommends you tell the officer you’re carrying concealed and where the weapon is located, keep your hands where the officer can see them, cooperate with the officer and don’t make quick movements. Don’t touch or attempt to touch the weapon unless the officer tells you so. If you’re in your car, don’t leave it unless asked. An officer may temporarily take your weapon but will return it after a traffic stop unless you’re arrested.

      So as long as he don’t talk to you it don’t sound like you have to tell them. Unless they are going to be making a search of the car, in which case be sure to tell them before they start searching. As always your best bet is to consult a lawyer, he will know the law for your area and can give you the best advice.

  12. John gambino filipino me says:

    I had been to a cr at a fast food chain and i tried smoking weed then not knowing next in line was a cop but i washed my hands and my mouth and keep my stuff.. After i got out the C.R on the fast food chain ,while going out i saw the cop then i act normal but the weed smells through the C.R not on me when the cop got in I hurriedly walk fast out turn left at a left side block not so far but so near then while walking some 2 cops told me to stop then i said why ?? They said there partner is going to ask a question… I said no , but when the police who smelled it from the C.R was there he smelled my hand and said you smoke pot while on C.R? i said no And i said you have no warrant of arrest to me with my hands up clean then walking far from them near that block is my school so I was walking I hurriedly entered my school then got to the C.R and clean my self stayed there for 1 hour dispose all my stuff ,In my mind I know they will search me but My QUESTION IS can they arrest me?? I mean tom I’ll go to my school and I am college … I got nothing on me if I go… Can they arrest me?? or Was it those cops are STUPID? letting me get away .. *remember they didn’t see any substance it’s just smell … can that be a evidnce ? Or stupid is they? Thank you please reply

  13. Dawn says:

    If police do a knock to talk, and the person they are looking for answers the door, and the police snatch him outside, are the police allowed to come in the house and look around without permission?

    • John Goodnight says:

      Used to be no they could not enter your home without permission but now there is a section in the patriot act can’t remember the section number though. But it gives police permission to enter and search a residence if the person they are looking for answers the door.

  14. John Goodnight says:

    I have a question
    Can private security detain you and prevent you from leaving a building for refusing to be searched?

  15. Joel says:

    More people need to practice law even lawyers have to know as well as practice . It is the only way issues or problems will be resolved fairly. If people don’t learn the law and how its applied much will be lost and unfair practice will prevail.

  16. ashley says:

    is it a law you cant smoke in a vehicle with windows up if minors are in vehicle to

    • AnarchyAngel says:

      I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. In some states yes it is illegal to smoke in a car with kids. Ask a local lawyer to find out if your state is one.

    • annony2014 says:

      Not legal advise and not a lawyer but i believe sometime back in CA it was made illegal.

  17. tj says:

    I have a quick question. If the police say they have an arrest warrant, does that give them permission to enter a home if the person in question is not there, or has not been there in weeks? And do I have the right to request to see it before I let them in if I have to? Please respond at your earliest convenience.

    • I’m not a lawyer so take it for what it’s worth. an arrest warrant does not give them the golden key to friends and family you still have the right to refuse entry to your home and honestly you never want them in your home.
      I have a rule of thumb I go by, If you are approached by a officer and he has to ask you for your consent to search your person or if he ask you anything where you have to give them permission then that means they can’t do it without your consent because if they had the right without your permission they would just do it. remember the only time you talk to the police is if you need their help. if you didn’t call them then they are not your friend they are trained to get you talking so that you incriminate yourself. And please if anyone reading this has teens who are driving please teach them what their rights are. cause every time I’m on the road and I see a car pulled over by an officer there is always a young driver sitting on the curb and the cop is head first digging through the car looking for anything to put your teen in the system. even if what they find doesn’t belong to the kid he still will be charged with it. so never ever let them in and never let them search, never talk to them. legally you don’t even have to answer the door. Protect your kids teach them what their rights are and make you their first call as soon as they are pulled over.

  18. Heather says:

    Can a undercover officer go undercover into a narcotics anonymous meeting and use what is said in the meeting against you in court? I was at a meeting where a undercover was investigating a member and portrayed a addict in a sting for 3 months and befriended her. Then she was arrested for drug possession and sales. The officer found out by going to meetings. Is that legal?

    • AnarchyAngel says:

      I am not a lawyer so do not take this as legal advice. From what i know of cops, yes they can and yes they will do this. For the best advice regarding this please talk to a lawyer.

    • annony2014 says:

      Unfortunately if they’re undercover you don’t know they’re cops and you already let them in… it’s too late. They can do what they want at that point.

  19. Janice Nixon-Wright says:

    This is irresponsible on the officers part. I am currently experiencing this problem and I feel I should be reimbursed. When you give an officer your license they should immediately return it. Now I’m inconvienced at my job cause I need my license to do my job. Who is going to pay me for list wages. Then I go to the prescient file a report them the give me a voucher stating ” Take this to the DMV and your license will be replaced free of charge.That was a bold faced lie because when I presented the form for replacement they insisted that I pay for it.

  20. Susie says:

    My question is this I was driving down a country road I had a coyote run out in front of me .I had pulled out my flashlight to get a better look . I had drove down a couple other country roads on my way back home and had my flashlight looking in fields not houses To see if I saw any other coyotes. When I got back into town I had got pulled over by a wildlife fishing game officer. When he came to my vehicle he asked me if I had a gun? I told him no he asked for my ID and the passengers ID. We gave him our information and he asked once again if I had any firearms in my vehicle? I told him no!! He went back to his vehicle with our information within that time another officer pulled up this time it was a officer for the town that we were in. When the wildlife fishing game of Sir came back to the vehicle he asked me again if I had any firearms in the vehicle I said no he told me to get out of the vehicle that he needed to search me. Not knowing my rights and still really not knowing them I got out and he searched me he asked me if there wasn’t anything in my vehicle that I could basically get in trouble for? He also said he was going to search the passenger. The reason he told me he was searching my vehicle is he knew me from being down at The river fishing. He said he knew I carried a gun which I do when I am down there by myself fishing. In my state you are allowed to have open carry. This is the reason he said he is searching my vehicle. When searching my vehicle he did not find no firearms. But he did fine marijuana just a small amount and a bowl. He told the local officer that he could not do nothing with it that he would have to the local officer game me a ticket for Possession. Then the wildlife officer came back and gave me a ticket called spotlighting from a vehicle. My question is since I Did not get a ticket from the local officer except for marijuana do you think that they will take my license for six months? Because of having marijuana in the vehicle. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    • AnarchyAngel says:

      I am not a layer and I do not live in your state, but where I live yes you would lose your license. For the best advice contact a lawyer.

    • annony2014 says:

      I would also call the sheriff and ask if you can get it back immediately and if not ask why and how to get it back.

  21. Anti-Law says:

    I’m willing to be that the majority of lawyers, judges, and government officials don’t even know 5% of the US state and federal laws on the books. Yet they are upheld and exploited, by these same people just looking to fill quota. It’s pretty sad, and perhaps its time for a second US revolution. 🙂

  22. Danny says:

    Does an officer need probable cause to pull you over? If so, could you show what law states that? Thanks

    • AnarchyAngel says:

      I do not know for sure, but I would say yes. Please contact a lawyer for some real legal advice.

    • annony2014 says:

      Per the ACLU videos and advise i would say they do need probable cause. But sometimes they will pick on the smallest most insignificant thing to pull you over (i.e. license plate light out or something in your window blocking partial view) .

  23. eric says:

    Quick arrest facts:

    Fell asleep in chevron parking lot gas station in vehicle for max 5 minutes. Had just left dealer’s house where I had bought some hydrocodones from. 15 to be exact at $3 a pop, I took two before I left his house. Awoke to 3 police cars behind my vehicle and officer asking me to grab my license and reg. And ins. to which I replied. Asked me to get out, I complied, asked if any knives or guns on me I said I do have a Buck folding pocket knife in my back pocket. He asked if he had my permission to take it out from my pocket I said yes, somehow that turned into implying I consented to a full search to which he found the pills. He asked if I had a prescription for them and I told him yes even though I didn’t. I noticed a cop wearing gloves heading into my driver’s side door to which I expressed I did not consent to the search, the arresting officer said they didn’t need my consent and the other cop continued to attempt a search to which I again and loudly vocalized I did not consent to a vehicle search. The arresting officer said he’d bring the dogs down here I told him to go ahead. I was detained in handcuffs while being questioned for 20-30 minutes, fully using the wait time to question me about everything. He would pause for 15-20 second periods which made me think the dogs weren’t available and he was trying to come up with any other probable cause reason to have my vehicle searched. I had asked him multiple times if I’m free to leave or if I am arrested, he pretended to not hear me. He kept asking if I sell them or take them for personal use. He was rewording his questions in a leading manner and had asked “so how much do you sell each pill for?) I was going to respond in a emotionally upset and denying manner but I just stayed quiet and looked away. He snapped his fingers in my face and said don’t look over there look at me, making me feel like refusing to talk was not an option.
    Now I was detained because I looked under the influence, and found to have 13 pills on me without a prescription, I chose to b quiet because the question wasn’t a yes or no, and I believed he was going to get me to provide contractive statements and since I was just awoken and inebriated I didn’t want to chance it.
    It became clear that no dogs were coming, they didn’t know I knew that but after about 40-45 minutes of being detained he suddenly was asking me about my cell phone and how to break the lock pattern to enter the phone. I at first wouldn’t give it but it course he convinced me he would be lenient possibly let me go and I eventually told them how to get into it, his buddy cop was looking through it for about 5 minutes while the a/o kept asking me we’re not going to find anything on there that would make me believe you sell these are we? I told him no, then about another 2 or 3 min passed and his buddy gave him a thumbs up to which I was formally then placed under arrest, not read Miranda, just yanked around and pushed into police car backseat while Iwatched about 5 cops searching thru my vehicle and a trainee observing.
    Taken to station, submitted urine sample, never given a phone call option, then read Miranda rights and he began interrogating me. Looking for an admission on being a dealer. I just remember a lot of waiting and then 3 hours later taken to county jail. 18hrs later I was able to post bail thru a bondsman at $25,000 so I had to drop $2,500 right then, my entire savings, I was given my charges report before I was released and hes got me on misdemeanor under the influence of controlled substance and then multiple felonies like possession of a cntrl. Substance which is true, then he’s got felony possession of a controlled substance for sales, which is the entire reason I had such a high bail, fucker also threw on a felony possession of an illegal switchblade knife….referencing a spring-assisted knife I bought legally at walmart in no way appearing to look like a switchblade knife. He even told me that the d.a. would drop that charge anyway yet still charged me with it.
    D.A. has offered me 120 days jail time. I have no prior arrests ever no record, I’m 28 an active member of society I just illegally purchased pain pills for a nagging injury I’ve had for years that yeah most likely I’m addicted to the euphoria that comes with it.
    My question is, one, was this an illegal search and seizure since the dogs never came? The phone wasn’t mentioned in the police report at all, also the entire non consent I expressed and his answers were never mentioned in report either, so was this illegal then? I mean he woke me up and he said I had a blank stare and was really sluggish, but isn’t that how everyone wakes up? Not really enough for him to say he suspected I was under influence since there was nothing in sight, no alcohol or weed smell, my pupils weren’t dilated, I just allowed him to perform his field tests and search my pockets by allowing him to grab knife.
    Secondly HOW DO I PROVE I DID NOT HAVE THEM FOR PURPOSES OF SELLING THEM? I mean I had 13….what the hell am I going to do with that? I had only $31 on me, there are no text messages listed as evidence , there is a bogus confession quoted in his report that I know is worded falsely making it look like I admitted to dealing. He was asking me how much do you pay per pill? I told him between $3-$4. That info was twisted into saying I sell each one for $3-$4. I mean who the hell would admit that after being read Miranda in an interrogation cell? Much less from someone who invoked his 4th amendment rights prior so obviously having some basic knowledge of the law and police arresting limitations and my rights involved. Also the snapping the fingers in my face the way he did, is that unncessary and possibly violating my 5th amendment rights?
    My public defender said its my word against his as far as having them for sales, he said the 120 days is a good deal to accept and if I don’t and it goes to trial and jury decides guilty I could be easily looking at 18mo-36mo, 18minimum. So ya this is some real shit, 120 days is not a good deal at all, I have a job, child visitation rights, bi weekly Dr appointments relating to a claim evaluation determination, car payments, rent, on top of that I’d be a convicted felon? I wouodnt be able to return to my same job at a government facility nuclear power plant, lose my car, forfeit the last 22months of timely payments at a 24% apr in attempting ti reestablish my credit. I mean I lose a LOT with this if that happens when it doesn’t even happen! This just gives the message that if you do buy drugs for personal use you might as well sell them too cuz depending on arrest quotas being met or not they can easily lie and spend 30-40 min in detainment trying to coerce a confession and then another 2 hours in interrogation cell same thing.
    If it got dropped to possession then I will still lose my job but only for 3 years which is when my schooling would be completed anyway and I could in a more serious position. if I get a drug felony conviction I can’t work there ever again or any nuclear plants in the u.s. or any government sites or work in office or in law enforcement I mean one cops personal career gain intentions literally take half of my rights away and the light at the end of the tunnel was drastically made dim.
    People always say don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, well I didn’t do THAT crime because no I can’t do that time I didn’t realize it could have ever been labeled as being for sales. I did the crime I got caught I’ve gotten my car impounded which I couldn’t pay the fees after the $2500 bailbondsman cost that my vehicle was repossessed, lost all my money, have to walk everywhere now to and from work which is almost 3-4hrs of my day when I can’t carpool, my family’s now aware of the extent of my drug usage causing pain n suffering for them and me, ive been to court 3 times and have 3 more, going tk be on probation for 3 years either way, and be forced to register as narcotics offender and take 18 months of drug alcohol classes, I mean isn’t that enough punishment for small possession?? They have the right to prosecute me as a dealer without any factual evidence and its seeming they have success with that, should I just take the plea then to avoid 18months in prison? Please help or email me if you can shed some light or help me or reply directly here thanks a lot for taking the time to read.
    – Eric

    • AnarchyAngel says:

      I am no lawyer but it sounds like you fucked your self. Sucks you have so much to lose. I would likely take the 120 days in jail and all the fall out, rather then risk 18 years with a overworked public defender. With all the heavy charges you have I am surprised they didn’t try to turn you. Really I would just leave the US for another open minded country and work for their nuclear power program, fuck this government anyway.

    • razor says:

      If I was you I would hire a lawyer, because being ur first offense you should get off lightly and all of it should be dropped down to just carrying a prescription medication without a prescription, which is basically a mistometer ticket, i kinda exspiranced the same thing but in a round about way but just with a heavier substance and that’s what my charge became once I hired a lawyer…Good luck and hope it works out for you…..

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  25. Meh says:

    I believe eric’s situation constitutes a coercion by law enforcement into getting into his phone(which lead to arrest and search of vehicle) basically put he denied giving acces to his phone and was convinced(coerced) by the officer that if he didnt he could possibly be “not let go”

    • gunnlaw says:

      There’s nothing that says the officer can’t trick you into cooperating if you give n that is on you. Had you not give any and everything that they found would be considered a fruit of a poisonous tree. A legal terms of when they do something illegal to gain access to your vehicle or to search illegally anything that they find it be considered illegally found. Some people don’t understand that may remain silent means exactly that remain silent give no information give no authorization. And ask to speak with an attorney. or to be released.

  26. Confused by process says:

    Here is the situation, my BF was at his mothers house where he does not live she was not home, however she is on probation (long history of a multitude of charges) her po stopped by with an officer they enter the home and begune to question and search
    My BFs mom is a drug addict (drug of choice is meth)
    Well needless to say there was some “meth trash” burnt foils, etc this was an issue she would hide stuff all over the house!
    The probation officer ordered him to be arrested and the officer said bf was being taken in on probable cause!
    My bf was charged with manufacturing (per booking sheet) he was ORd and given a court date, local media listed charges as posession of precursors and reagents! We call prosecutors office to verify court date, the charges were not filed and no case number assigned (2-3 weeks after arrest)
    Well today I call and they advise that he is being charged with 2 D Felonies posession of meth, as well as posession of precursors with intent to manufacture. Nothing was found on him at all he asked repeatedly why he was being charged and received no response!
    His mother is playing CYA and won’t fess up that they are hers since she is already on probation! Seen the court papers today, they have changed his address to his mothers address BF clearly wrote his correct address on booking sheet! He has never resided at his mothers home!!

    My confusion is how can someone whom does not live at the address and can probation do a search when the person on probation isn’t home and how on earth can he be charged with the stuff in her home?

    Any help would be more than appreciated!

    Hope this makes sense it’s a very confusing situation!

  27. gregory says:

    i was arrested on drug possession and was released on bond. i had a court hearing today and if i do not show up for my next court date, can they cross state lines and come after me?

  28. Elizabeth Parks says:

    I had hotel security gaurd enter my room without my permission they went through one of my duffle bags without permission took a bag of medical marijuana and first said they just confiscated it then change their story and said they “flushed it” its obvious the security guard just kept it. Do they have the right to go into my room. And my personal items? ! Is it considered stealing and is there anything I can do?

  29. joe says:

    I have a question. If you have been smoking weed and the police stop you (however you have no weed on you/ no weed smoking paraphernalia are the legal allowed to ask you to do a drug test? I mean causually walking around the street not in a car? Are they allowed to demand a drug test/ call a parent or guardian?

    • ngharo says:

      They can ask you to do anything. Generally, if the police “ask” to you do something, you have the right to refuse. If they have a legal right to do something, they’ll just do it. The way I understand it is that they need reasonable cause to do a drug test and at that point, they can demand it.

      This is the same reason why when they do DUI stops, they make you do a bunch of silly tests (touch your nose, say the alphabet backwards, etc) before they have the legal right to perform a Breathalyzer test.

      At least I believe this is true in the State of Wisconsin. You’ll need to check with your state laws to see if they’re the same.

      Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.

  30. j bail says:

    Common seriously I mean for fuck sake especially you poor fuckers in the US of A “the land of the free” if your going to Carrie contraband around for personal use or for what ever, you gotta look at the consequences and the odds, mm mm is it worth putting half a gram in my console and drive around? Of course fucking not…pitcher your self sitting in the jail cell for how ever many nights with stitches in your once tight little ass whipping in agony saying to your self over and over why didn’t I stash it in out of sight you need to plan shit there’s an art to taking drugs using drugs if you want to keep that tight ass. In my 22 years of this art
    Iv found that out of sight out of mine, keep it real, and a tone of respect not mistaking for ass kissing will get you home smoking that joint or what ever. So fucking dead set take it from this retiree. If a cop doesn’t like the look of ya chances are there’s a fucking dam good reason start by wiping that shit ass look off ya face drop the losser attitude don’t even think about shifting the blame, you choose your own adventure, if ya finger go’s through the toilet paper its not the toilet papers fault, or let’s just say it was, what are you going to do? Stand there and have an argument with the toilet roll? If its any easyer pitcher the officer as the toilet roll, be complacent carefully tear some more toilet paper off so that you don’t speed the shit all over the place making it a more painful situation, deal with the situation so that you can learn and build from the esperance, keep the fucked up shitfull mannerism you have now and you will put your fingers through the paper every time. It won’t be any wonder….with a asshole that big you’ll be getting shit all over your hand. So wipe your tears and grows brain. Fuck. And if your not already…your probably thinking of dealing…then I will have to say thank you on behalf of all drug distributors…thanks for taking the heat little man.

    • Jarnold says:

      Your obviously a cop and you want to excuse dirty cops(who all think they can get away with murder). Guess what? through video cameras, their injustices and abuses are being exposed more. Who bout that Cincinnati school cop shot and killed someone over a “chicken shit stop” You must always record them, keep the scum honest, look up on YouTube

  31. roger says:

    if a cop pulls you over for a traffic ticket ask is if you have a gun in your vehicle and to search and you reply yes for the search then undercover officers come from behind and search your vehicle and find drugs in your vehicle can they had planted in the search if you for a fact you didnt have drugs in the car before the search

  32. Lynda Webb says:

    do police have the right to break your doors down without knocking
    Take your clothes and papers and burn them
    give your furniture away
    take your phone and not return it after posting bail. claiming they aren’t through with it . when they arrest you for growing pot?
    No search warrent

  33. Rene Rodriguez says:

    What are my rights as a mental health pation

  34. Rene Rodriguez says:

    Well its like this can anyone please help me. Im on probation so its court orderd that I take my medication becuase I am a mental health patient. My doc perscribed that I take a shot once a month but the thing is that the drug is to much for me I cant handle it . Im starting to get thoughts of harming my self and im always irritaded and with no energy .the only way I see an exit is using meth because it calms me down but I hate that drug but its the only way I can relax. Anyhow what are my rights can anyone lead me in the right direction. Thank you for your time GOD BLESS YOU

    • Dave says:

      Your best bet is to express to your Healthcare provider that the medication is making you sick, if it is causing you adverse side effects, they have to work with you to weigh the pros and cons to determine what medications will be best for you. I had a similar problem, I discussed with my provider my other systems, and that I took ADHD medication when I was in my mid-twenties, and that it was one of the only medications that truly help me relax, and allowed me to focus and took away my anxiety with minimal adverse side effects. Do not replace illegal narcotics for psychiatric medication, the consequences could be bad. Not saying that prescription meds are anymore or less safe, than illegal ones, but after taking meds for an extended amount of time, just cutting them off can give you the most extreme side effects I;e Self-harm, suicidal thoughts, as well as extreme highs and lows

      • Dave says:

        By no means am I saying that I am an expert, that I am not. You need to consult a healthcare professional. I am strictly speaking from personal experiences

  35. Ara says:

    Hi there to all, the contents existing at this website are genuinely awesome for people experience, well, keep up the good work fellows.

  36. Toni says:

    My husband and I were sitting on the side of a road. My 1 year old daughter had just thrown up all over her self (which is why we were stopped on the side of a road) I cleaned her all up and made her a bottle and laid her back in her car seat. As I was finishing making the bottle 2 Milwaukee police officers both in the same car) pulled up along side if us and asked us what we were doing. Weexplained what happened with our daughter and told them we were just about to be on our way. The police officer then proceeded to ask my husband to step out of the vehicle so he did. The officer talked to him in private while that was takung place the other officer was talking to me you know the usual whats your name where do u live what ate you doing over here? I again explained the situation with my daughter then the other officer put my husband in the back of the police car (niether of us have any warrents or anything of that sort) he proceeded to come talk to me. He began telling me that the reason i was on that road and in that area was infact to get pills from someone on that street(which wasnt the case at all because we dont know anyone who lives on that street… I wouldnt be on this page asking for advice if that was the case…what i said happened really is what happened!!) i began to tell him i do not do pills he then cut me off his exact words were and i quote “YOU’RE LIEING TO ME!!” I am not lieing to you im over here for the reason I said. He proceeded telling me I was lieing he then told me that my husband told him everything and that we were infact over here to buy drugs, which was not the case i knew right then and there he was LIEING TO ME!!!!! So he WITHOUT ASKING(HE HAD NO PROFF OF ANY DRUGS BEING IN OUR POSSESSION) WENT INTO OUR VEHICLE AND STARTED SEARCHING… He found a STRAP. He told me to get back into my vehicle. Him and his partner went back to his car to talk to my husband they were in the police car for 5 minutes(felt like an eternity) the officer came back to my vehicle opened the driver door then told me he was taking my husband in for paraphernalia!!! My exact words “FOR A STRAP” then he started digging thru my vehicle again yes he found another strap and an empty baggie!! The baggie that was empty didn’t have drugs in it of any kind it was a baggie that used to have the little rubber earpieces from the headphones that i had gotten from my phone!!! He told me that he should take me to jail to and that im a “HEROINE CRACK COKE WHATEVER I DO JUNKIE” and that im lucky i have my daughter with me! Then slammed the door!!! I USED TO USE HEROIN I HAVE BEEN CLEAN FOR 300 DAYS NOW!!! TO SOME PEOPLE THEY THINK OH WOW BUT IF YOUVE EVER BEEN AN ADDICT ITS A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT!!! So my question is… Is it legal for a police officer to search my vehicle without proof of drug use just because they had caught someone on that road earlier that day buying pills from someone on that block? Also the straps can you seriously get arrested for straps? He didnt find any drugs any needles nothing!!!!!! I NEED ADVICE SOMEONE PLZZZ HELP!!!!!

    • gia says:

      Whst you need to do is file a complaint against the city police for not having probable cause for stopping you, go to eternal affairs in your city and file.

  37. ong hang says:

    Im on court probation i got pulled over can the. Search me

  38. deana says:

    I am trying to help out a friend who needs information.
    Her husband was recently pulled over in the State of Florida for not wearing his seat belt and he knows he was wrong in this.
    This is what she sent me in hopes of find out some information.
    I know that nothing is set in stone till he goes to court for the Marijuana. Think she is just trying to find out what could happen.

    For not wearing a seatbelt. Well cop smelled marijuana in truck and searched. They didn’t arrest him, gave him a ticket for seatbelt, and court date for marijuana. Now dh got pulled over in ’99 for the same thing, but was arrested, given probation, and had to take random drug tests. Will the same thing happen again when he goes to court?

  39. Nathaniel says:

    What if you do a snatch and run and some one is whit us and he dus nothing he’s just whit us what will happen to him if the got curt

  40. Nathaniel says:

    How long can you get for doing nothing but just being whit them why the do it but you didn’t want to but you have to because you were to scarf to catch a trance back buy there self

  41. kada says:

    Hi here from Detroit mi. Was pulled over for speeding, and the officer said he smelled weed. I did not smell anything. The officer asked for my info. And the car was not mine. The 2 officers said again, we smell marijuana. I again said to them, I don’t smell anything. The office asked if he can search the car, I told him its not my car. I told him, I just picked up the car to borrow it. Owner of the vehicle only lived a mile and a half away from where they pulled me over. Well they ask to search me and I said fine but I told him the vehicle they have to ask the owners permission. But the other officer started searching the vehicle anyways. I was never handcuffed and I was never put in the police car .Soon after the office finished searching the vehicle, the other officer asked me to go ahead and go back to the car I was driving. Five minutes later the officer comes back and give me a ticket for possession and use of marijuana but they never showed me what they found. So now I hired a lawyer. asked the lawyer to give me a copy of the police video and it was exactly that, they never showed me what they found. They were only telling me what they found. And now I’ve been to court twice and still the prosecutor does not

  42. 8988maximus says:

    If you get pulled over, reguardless of the reason I thought the 5th amendment gave us the right to have our attorney present at all times? So if they ask to search my car don’t I have the right to have my attorney present, along with my 4th amendment rights of course?

  43. Bethany says:

    I need advice please. Cops took keys out of my car without my permission. My car was parked in my driveway and I was the in the shower and my roomate told them they did not have her permission to enter our home. Keys were not in my ignition and they had suspsuspected me of drinking and driving but I was never in my vehicle but did drive drunk boyfriend to my house a block away from where he was passed out. I was never questioned by the police and they took my keys and are now stating that my keys are at the police station and are lost property but they took them and lying by calling it lost property and want me to pick tnem
    Will not anyone but me come in and get them. I feel it is a trap and want to arrest me to question me about that night. Is any of this illegal on their part.

  44. Bethany says:

    Did not mention I was not drinking had been working all night

  45. robert joerger says:

    Im in bedroom door closed nxt thing i kno cops are opening they looking for my son whos on probation i ask who let u in the house they say door unlocked.We are searching for jesse my son i tell them get the hell out show warrent say he on probation dont need it was legal what they did thank you

  46. Tumblin says:

    Has the number of traffic deaths increased because of all the amendment additions to our rights to avoid a roadblock edict? After seeing the way our family by marriage suffered from the hands of a drunk driver, a family of 5 was coming home from a late soccer game and another man was coming home from a business trip the only difference was he was coming home from drinking on an airliner, bar in the terminal, plus the one he was having on the drive on the wrong side of the freeway to get home. The rest is death of all except for the drunk and the little girl who happened to saved by soccer balls. Are the police now saying it’s not even worth to set up a road block because it’s a waste of time and of personal, most likely and had they made a difference maybe this drunk would have been arrested along time ago and put away.

  47. Avery says:

    I was wondering if in missouri if a minor carries a concelled Spring Assisted Folding Knife that is right at the 3 inch mark, is it illegal to own and carry in public.

  48. fernando says:

    I need an advice” let me tell you guys the crazy story.. In 2010 i was working as a Security officer. I had came from work all tired and went to rest.. The girl i was with at that time and had my son . Came in the room all drunk and jumped on me wile asleep. Wen i got up all scared somehow she fell but got up quickly then she called the police and said i had hit her.. i wus all confused i asked her why did she lied? Well anyways the police arrived and arrested me. i had barely bought a gun and wus taking training to obtain the concealed license card. The girl told police i owned a gun.. so the officer adked were was the gun. i told them i had it under a computer desk inside a laptop bag.. the magz were out off the gun it wasnt loaded and the gun didnt play a role in what she said it happened. The officers laugh and replyed are you a cop killer? they were like this is a nice gun…
    The offficers were mumbleling to them selfs and one of them siaid we need to secure the gun after you get out from jail you go to the property room and sing the release form.. i replyed ok.. After i got out i went to sign the form and they told me to keep coming later cuz the officers that did the arrest were out on vacation. i went three days later and they told me they were off duty. then i spoke to a detective trevino and he told me i couldnt get my gun back cus the officers put
    charges on me:: assault charge. and the dectective went to grab a paper from a computer and read me the that i coulnt own a gun no more… tha Dallas police kept my gun and i feel they violated my rights to bare arms just to keep my gun..the judge in court said there wasnt proof on the girls face . he scaned the photos 3 times …but he called no contest cus of the officers assault charge.

    • fernando says:

      I told the officers she wus drunk and mad thats why she didnt cuz i wus talking to this girl from work. I spoke to my Ex last year and asked her tell me the truth why you did it.. She said cuz she had drank and she felt jelaous and she willing to declare infront of a judge nothing but the truth on why she did it.. but i need to talk to a lawyer to see how can they help so The Dallas Police crooks stop keeping peoples property by srewing there records by putting assault charges cuz i feel that word is an action word and nothing happened. I have a friend he is iligal and the other day came to the house he had a gun on him he said a police officer gave it to him.. so my question is if a Permanent recident alien cant have a gun why can a ilegal person get one from a police officer..

  49. Jerry says:

    I have a question, I was sitting in the car in the drivers seat a rest stop in s.c. And a highway patrol pulled up behind me about ten miniutes later after me he turns on his lights comes to my car and ask for id an registration I give it to him he ask what I was there for I told him resting he says hold on goes to his car for a few miniutes comes back tells me that he is charging me with driving under suspension . Can he do this he never seen me driving the car I was in it but it was parked in a parking space not running can he do this?

  50. ANONYMOUS says:

    If a detective accuses you of being the owner of illegal drugs while being the passenger in the vehicle and the drugs being inside a beer box and the “Driver” of the vehicle being unknowingly paired up with the detective, would it be possible of getting a lawyer and fighting the “crime”? NOTICE: the detective(s) were asked for pictures & videos where it shows the victim carrying the drug & detectives said they don’t need them & where allegedly told “if you say they’re mine, than they are, but it’s your word against mine” . If they do provide any type of pictures or videos, the drug was inside a beer box meaning the camera caught the box of beer and not what was inside. They were told by the victim they didn’t know what was inside the box & figured beer would be inside & had no clue about what was found inside it which was the drug. What is the probability of being saved from this tragedy? Or what us suggested in this scene?

  51. Candy says:

    If you are arrested and someone calls the jail to ask have you been arrested and what your charges are, do they have to tell the person? Do you have the right to refuse consent to them releasing this info? Like when you’re in the hospital, you’re asked wether or not you want anyone to know you are there if they call and ask; if you say “no”, they can’t tell anyone you are there. Is this an option when you’ve been arrested? I can’t find the answer to this on any website…

  52. gwen says:

    Do they as in news reporters have the right to put you on the news when you have not been arrested but a citation was issued

  53. Aly says:

    I had a question. My husband went to Turning Point in Bakersfield. He has spent all the time he can there and can no longer stay. The deal going there, is that once you get a full time job and a place to live, they will transfer his case. Well they transfered his case before he could even do any of that. I live with a friend and I’m pregnant. I do not have a job. His parole officer said he can’t come live with me until I pay rent somewhere. The woman I live under is willing to let me do house work and get food for the house in exchange and she will write me a reciept. His parole officer keeps ignoring and he’s about to be homeless in Bakersfield, or get arrested for trying to come back home. Is there anything I can do about this? Can I contact someone? Please help asap.

  54. sheri binion says:

    if the cops found 2 opana 20mg pills on me and i told them what they were. and they let me go. can they come back 2 weeks later with a warrant for those same 2 pills?

  55. Devan says:

    Okay so i got into a situation. My friend and I (shes a girl) were in my vehicle as she recieves a message on her facebook, her girlfriend from school was asking for a half ounce of marijuana. I drive her to the Walgreens to meet the girl. We get there, get out and go into the store (half ounce on my person) and purchase a drink. We come out and sit on the side of the building on a bench beside the red box and wait for her friends reply. 10 minutes go by and before you know it 3 cops are swarming in. It turns out my friends friend (half ounce buyer) was in rehab and her mom gave her phone to DTF due to all the drug related text messages it was getting. So they throw my friend in the back of the squad and ask me to stand up and proceed search. They find the marijuana of course as well as a set of car keys (not my single key to the vehicle i drove there which was in my small jeans pocket) and some other of my belongings. Soon enough im riding off in the squad car when the cop gets a walkie talkie call saying that the keys he seized arent the right keys and he replies “theres a key still on him” so of course i put it in my underwear. he turns around and proceeds back to the walgreens and proceeds to search me again as well as his car for the key. It was undetectable of course so he says were going to the work house to strip search you. They do and of course find the key and go to search my vehicle without me present. They claim to have found 100 grams of marijuana as well as a handgun (loaded with 3 rounds) with the serials files off and an assault rifle which was not loaded. Went to jail for a month before i posted bail and now have good lawyer on case. Would just like to know if anyone here cant point out any illegal or wrong acts in this situation done by the police thank you. Am now waiting to go to grand jury it was of course graduated from sessions

  56. Bob T. says:

    I’m so tired of hearing “if you haven’t done anything wrong what do you have to hide.” REALLY?!? It’s the principle behind it all– that’s why. I sacrificed 8 years of my life defending our Constitution serving in the Air Force. I’m fortunate because I’m still here to talk about it. Others aren’t.

    Many have given their lives so we can enjoy our rights and freedoms. Parents have lost a son or daughter, wives a husband, husbands a wife….children have lost a father or mother so that we can enjoy our freedoms. Do you understand that? We are free because many have given their lives for us to be free. So when you throw your rights down the toilet just to “cooperate” or so you “don’t appear guilty” or whatever reason you may have, you are insulting the sacrifices these people have paid for with their life so you can have your freedom. You spit on their graves and tell their mourning family members that their loved ones died for no reason. Think about that next time you are about to give up your rights. The are far from free.

    Rights are WORTHLESS if you don’t use them….so please…USE THEM!



  57. Shemika says:

    If a police officer has a family member riding in the police car with him, is he allowed to stop and make a arrest?

  58. Kennyschaos says:

    Fuck. I would take you guys on a trip down memory lane. But the got a road block up! I only found out after raping the judges daughter, pissing on everyone’s rights. Laughing cause the prosicuter’s having a hard time keeping it up when it’s his turn for the line up. He shares simular taste. Next thing I know. I found out that that isn’t fate lady liberty is just a simble of fucking your neighbor before he’s caught eating your family

  59. Nicole says:

    I already know that cops can’t or shouldn’t be able to search you or your vehicle without probable cause. My question is what if the cop says you look high on drugs but smells no marijuana or anything. Can they say that is probable cause to search your car and/or your persons. My first thought was just because you looks look high doesn’t mean you are and looking high is proof you committed a crime..but the cops could say you look high so that is proof you have drugs in the car or you committed a crime seeing as using drugs is a crime.. I wound appreciate I’d anyone could help me answer this question I can’t really find anything online to help me.

  60. Donna says:

    I have a friend He had a DUI ticket dismissed in court.
    A police officer showed up at his home and at his home now.
    And wrote him the same ticket out that was dismissed in court.
    Now was he allowed to do this or was my rights violated?

  61. Sondra says:

    If a cop was looking for someone els and permission wise can they search your house if they smelt weed in your house

  62. Jerry Elliott says:

    i am going to criminal court because cops found a stolen hand gun on someone and they said i sold it to them and the cops aint got no evidence just them saying that so they are trying to hit me with the stolen gun what do i do can anyone show me the law to beat this please and thank you

  63. Sofie says:

    I was pulled over by a police officer because of my black rejection sticker. My 13 year old was patted and searched as a passenger for any weapons…. Is this legal???

  64. Where i live every night the security officer shines his flashlight into my window of my apartment. He also stands by my bedroom window. I have confronted either security officer and told them that what they were doing was not right. I also told them i didn’t appreciate the idea of them disrupting my grandson sleep with the idea of the shadows my be seeing when they be walking back and forth by my window. Can they do this?

  65. Curious says:

    Search and seizure illegal or not?

  66. Curious says:

    If a person is suffering from anxiety and been without there medication and the police come and ask to search there property and the person is in a panic attack can the person give legal concent to the search

    • PHATPAT666 says:

      I see what you’re saying. Generally speaking if you take meds that could tranquilize a bull elephant or have problems counting all the way to potato…you have a rational minded caregiver close by.
      The individual suffering from panic attacks is more apt to have one of these safe people around them of their own choice. Also, this person would more than likely avoid situations like that, usually ;).
      I would have to say that a testimony from your shrink could get it thrown out of court, if it went that far. Hopefully they encounter ones with humanity and worry about getting you medical treatment instead of ransacking your sH*t.
      Another thing is the delirium tremens or withdrawal from a long term chemical’s absence in your body should get you off quicker.
      There’s really no excuse to have your meds run out. The ER can provide you with a fix until you can reach your normal health care provider or doctor.

  67. Terra Parkins says:

    I have a question. ..I always carry my prescriptions in my purse for my chronic pain and anxiety disorder. I went to a show in Myrtle Beach on Saturday April 9th 2016 and as they were checking my purse, my percocet bottle had about 8 of my pink oxicodones in it so I didn’t have to add another bottle in it going to an all day music festival. The event staff noticed the 2 different pills in the bottle and called over security. They dumped out my xanax, klonopin and pain meds into their dirty hands and put all but my pink oxicodones back, from what I saw, I think they stole some klonopin too because my bottle was missing several the next day. They would not let me take my oxicodones and return them to my car. They said they had to throw them away. I’ve been to so many shows and never once had this happen to me. On top of that they didn’t even check my other bottles so it looker like they were looking for pills to get high on our sell. So I called the police the next day and they said it’s illegal for a security guard to seize my prescriptions without a police officer. I’m looking at filing a police report and seeking legal action. He was so sketchy the whole time and I asked him for a card or his name and contact information to give to my doc to show that he stole my meds, since I’m short now. I do not drink, do illegal drugs, etc. Am I correct that what he did was illegal ? And how do I know for sure that was his real name and number?

  68. SARAH says:

    Hi my husband was home and the cops came and came in without an invite or search warrant and found a starter pistol in the kitchen in a garbage bag . Can the case be thrown away bc the cops came in without being invited or search warrant ?

  69. mr.noname says:

    The other night, i got into an altercation with my moms boyfriend because he was beating on her and he called the cops like a little bitch and snitched me out. they went to jail, but the cop only took all of my stash and shit and they didnt arrest me, they let me stay home and didnt give me a ticket. One cop said i had over 35g, the other said i had under 35g. So i dont know if its a felony or misdemeanor or even a charge since they didnt arrest me and give me a ticket. if this does end up going to court, is there any way i could use this in defence? that they didnt inform me of my charges or give me a ticket AND took a whole damn pack of ciggarets just cuz it had 3j’s in it! lmao

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