You risk much to speak with police and to consent to searches
Virginia criminal defense lawyer pursuing your best defense, since 1991
Fairfax criminal lawyer/ Northern Virginia DWI attorney on the power of saying no to the police
The Fourth of July brings remembrance of war and independence and more; festivities; and police trolling to make arrests for DWI and other alleged crimes, like bear feasting on salmon swimming upstream. You risk much to speak with police and to consent to searches.
I blog the foregoing information occasionally, because too many of my clients have been too unaware, fearful or misguided in disregarding that information about refusing to speak with the police and refusing searches. Particularly today, on Independence Day, you celebrate the Constitution’s Bill of Rights by asserting your right to say no to speaking with the police and to police searches.
Even my repeat clients — to whom I hand a Know Your Rights sheet when they first meet with me — include people who abdicate their right to say no with the police.
Perhaps brevity by me will lead more people to assert their right to refuse to speak with the police when an actual or potential suspect, and to refuse to consent to police searches.
Consequently, below I reprint my rights sheet with the police, and link to my video on how easy it is to say “no” to speaking with police and to their requests for field sobriety testing in DWI cases, and searches in all cases.