Ignorance of the law….is NOT a Legal Defense
EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO AVOIDING LEGAL TROUBLE.
The CSLS Staff and the CSLS Board of Directors plan and schedule regular legal educational activities upon request.
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS…
IF STOPPED BY POLICE:
- REMAIN SILENT. You are not required to answer questions. Think “UNC”: “Uh, No Comment.”
- DO NOT CONSENT TO A SEARCH. If police request to search your person or belongings, state clearly, for the officer and witnesses to hear, “I do not consent to a search.”
- DO NOT PHYSICALLY RESIST A SEARCH. If the officer proceeds to search you or your belongings, repeat “I do not consent to a search.” (If the search is not lawful, it can be suppressed, even if they find contraband.)
- DO NOT RESIST AN ARREST. Remain silent. Remain calm. NEVER physically resist a police officer.
- IF ARRESTED: State clearly, for the officer and any witnesses to hear, “I am going to remain silent.” Then REMAIN SILENT.
IF STOPPED BY POLICE WHILE DRIVING:
- YOU MUST display your driver’s license upon an officer’s request.
- YOU MUST write your name (for the purpose of identification) upon an officer’s request.
- YOU MUST provide your name and address (and the name and address of the auto’s owner) upon an officer’s request.
- If the officer believes you have consumed alcohol, you MUST SUBMIT to a breathalyzer test or your license WILL BE REVOKED. (YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE the breathalyzer, but the legal consequences include the revocation of your NC driver’s license.) You have a right to contact an attorney for advice.
- You may be asked to perform dexterity tests, but you are NOT REQUIRED to do so. There are NO formal legal penalties for refusing to do so.