Know your rights when stopped by the police:
- You have the right to remain silent. You can and should choose not to answer any and all questions by law enforcement. “I’m sorry officer I’m not going to answer questions.” Clearly you should be very polite about this.
- You also have the right to not be searched unless there is a search warrant or one of the exceptions to that requirement. What you need to know is that you have the right to not consent to searches. “I do not consent to a search, officer.”
- If you are driving, in Washington State, you must provide your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration, if you are pulled over.
- You do not have to submit to any field sobriety tests, as those are voluntary. Refusing them will not affect the status of your license.
- You do not have to submit to a Portable Breath Test (“PBT”). The PBT is one of the field sobriety tests, where you blow in to a portable breath testing machine. You do not need to consent to such an exam. Refusing to do so will not affect the status of your license or result in your arrest.
- If you are nevertheless arrested and taken to the police station, you submit to the Breath Alcohol Concentration (“BAC”) exam. This is the breath testing machine back at the police station. If you refuse, then your license will be revoked for two years.
- You have the right to an attorney. You can ask for that attorney at any time during your interaction with the police.
- You can video record the police – it is not against the law.
- If a detective or other police officer calls you to make an appointment for you to come and speak to them – talk to an attorney first! You are not required to attend such an appointment and what you say during that interview can be used against you.
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Felony Assault With a Deadly Weapon
Our client was charged with hitting an individual in the face with a machete. Witnesses stated they could hear the crack of the machete against the victim’s face. Nevertheless, charges were dismissed and our client walked away with no conviction from the incident.