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Stopped by the Police? Know Your Rights

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Imagine driving on the road and suddenly getting stopped by the police. Stressful, isn’t it? within a few minutes, this stressful event can turn into a bad one as well. This often happens when we as citizens do not know about our basic rights. The civil lawyer Cornwall, Ontario tells us everything we should know about the rights.

Although the burden of de-escalation falls on the police rather than citizens, you cannot expect that an officer will always behave in a certain way. You should know how to reduce the risk on your own, stay calm, and never show any kind of hostile behavior in front of/towards the police.

CIVIL LAWYER CONRNWALL | If you have been stopped by the police at a public place, these are your rights –

  • You have a right to remain silent. If the police officer is asking certain questions like where do you live, what are you doing, where are you going or traveling from; you can exercise this civil right. You can say this out loud. Although in certain states, if you do not provide your name for identification purposes, the officer can arrest you.
  • You do not have to give your consent to the police for searching for your belongings or yourself. Although, the police officer can pat you down if it suspects that you are holding an illegal weapon. If this is the case, carrying out the search cannot be stopped but if you make a timely objection, it can help reserve your rights in the legal proceedings that take place later.
  • If the police have arrested you and you cannot afford a lawyer, you have the right to a lawyer appointed by the government for you.
  • If the police officer is asking questions like if you are a U.S. citizen, where were you born, or how you came into the country; there is no need to answer such questions. Exercise your right in this case (although the rules are not similar in case you are at the airport or an international border).


If a police officer has stopped you for whatsoever reason, you should remember to stay calm. There is no need to obstruct him, run, or resist. Never give the officer any false documents or lie to him. Always keep the hands where he can see them.

CIVIL LAWYER CORNWALL | If You are Arrested or Detained

You have the right to make a phone call in case you have been arrested by the police. If you are calling up your lawyer, the police cannot hear it but if you are calling someone else, they can hear the conversation.

Knowing your civil rights in the state is really important so that you can never be detained or arrested wrongly. In case this ever happens with you, contact one of the Langevin lawyers. The estate lawyer Cornwall will be at your service and ensure that you live safely and soundly in the city. If you want to know more about your civil rights, contact the Langevin lawyers.


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