If you are stopped by the police, you may wonder what your rights are. Are you required to answer questions or submit to a search? What happens if you refuse to cooperate? Your concerns may increase if the police charge you with a crime or you face legal challenges due to the stop. By knowing your rights when you are pulled over by the police, you will have a chance to take appropriate action to defend your case.
You Have The Right to Refuse a Search
If you are pulled over by the police, then it’s important to comply with their instructions. They may ask a few questions or give you the reason you are pulled over. They may even ask to search your vehicle or purse. You have the right to refuse the search. Unless the police have probable cause for the search, they must have a warrant or your permission to search your vehicle. While you may decide to give permission, you are within your legal rights to require a warrant before allowing a search.
You Have The Right to Remain Silent
This right means you are not required to answer the questions a police officer asks. You can remain silent when they ask questions. This is particularly true if you feel the questions are invasive, incriminating or inappropriate. Though it is important to comply with an officer's instructions, you have the right to remain silent if you do not want to answer their questions.
You Have The Right to an Attorney
Access to an attorney is a right if you are arrested by the police, (but not when you are only pulled over). If the police arrest you for non-compliance, a DWI or drug possession, then you want to ask for a criminal defense lawyer. Do not talk to the officers until you are able to discuss your situation and rights with a lawyer. At Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC, we are experts at criminal defense and can help with any legal challenges you are facing.
Getting pulled over by the police in Texas may raise concerns about your rights. You may have questions or concerns about the actions of the police. By working with a criminal defense lawyer, you are able to address your concerns and learn more about your rights in relation to your specific case and situation.