Arrest Card

If Stopped by Police or Arrested

  • Do not resist arrest by a police officer even if you feel that they have no right to stop you.
  • Do not lie to the police; you only have to provide identification. They can use anything you say against you in court.
  • If stopped by the police, stay cool, calm and friendly, and do not attempt to flee or evade. Be firm but not hostile.
  • You do not have to take a breathalyzer test, but if you refuse, your driver’s license may be suspended for one year.
  • You do not have to give permission to a search of your dormitory room, apartment or car; if you do, any evidence obtained from the search is admissible against you in court. If the police are in a place where they have a legal right to be, any evidence in plain view is admissible against you in court.
  • Do not take a lie detector test.
  • It is illegal for the police:
    • to search a person without probable cause except to “pat down” for weapons,
    • to use excessive force, and/or
    • to arrest a person without probable cause or for exercising free speech.

Consult with an attorney as quickly as possible and try to remember facts, names, places, and times. Say nothing!

Student Legal Services offers free legal services to all students who are assessed the Service Fee during the current semester. Student Legal Services counsels and provides representation in the following areas: landlord-tenant, consumer problems, small claims, traffic, and criminal (non-felony), and advises in numerous other areas.


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