I could be wrong, but with that many witnesses, I am willing to bet that the dude getting hit and the chick who was arrested later, did more than we saw.
Being approached or detained by the police can be a nerve-wracking and frightening experience. In many situations, individuals act irregularly because of their emotions. If you are ever in the situation in which you are approached or detained by the police, the best thing to do is cooperate. There are certain things that one should always refrain from doing if approached or detained by the police.? Contact a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix for help.
-Never run away from a police officer. Running away from the police is probably the worst thing you can do when being approached. Running away will change your situation in several ways. First, the police officer may become more suspicious if you decide to run away. In many instances police approach citizens for other reasons other then to arrest them; in this situation if you run away the officer could form probable cause and arrest you.
-Never try to convince the officer of your innocence. This is virtually pointless because the officer is not the judge of your case; they do not decide your innocence or guilt. When trying to convince an officer of your innocence, you could potentially say something to hurt your case.
-Do not give into the tricks police might play to gain information. In many instances, police will state lies or uncertainties in order to get you to talk. It is best to just hire an attorney and have him/her present throughout your entire proceedings to avoid being tricked.
-Avoid derogatory language, swearing and name-calling. Mouthing off to the police will only cause unneeded tension, and could potentially give reason for suspicion.
-Absolutely never resist arrest. Resisting arrest could turn a slight misdemeanor into a felony. Any physical contact made with a police officer could result in incarceration.
Remember once arrested you still have options. An arrest only starts the legal process; it does not result in a conviction. Once arrested one should consult with an experienced criminal law attorney in order to be properly guided throughout each step. If you refrain from the common mistakes listed above you and your case will avoid unnecessary stress and complications.
This article is provided courtesy of Phoenix Criminal Lawyer Leslie LeMense.? If you ever have an encounter with an Arizona police officer, call us at 24 hours a day toll-free at 877-231-0609, or contact us via e-mail.
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This is a long way from what I was taught when Officer Friendly visited the grammer school-Police can legally detain you for suspicion , for ''mouthing off'', they can lie and try to trick you-etc. . I am NOT anti police-just anti a few police.
You know, I think I would rather be a man than a god . We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.
I'm not really trying to be funny here, I'm just surprised someone would read that list and say "hey, those are good ideas I hadn't thought of". Maybe I've led a sheltered life though.