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If detained by law enforcement are you under any ...

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If detained by law enforcement are you under any circumstances legally obligated to talk to them and what is the correct manner to end the detainement?

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If detained, politely give the police your correct name, address and phone, but you are not required to answer any questions or respond in any way.

What do you mean about "end the detainment?" Are you talking about on a street, in a vehicle, at the police station? Please give me a little background.



Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Jane Doe Deer's Post: Is it better to ask the first question to law enforcement: "Am I being detained" and if the answer is yes then to take the position that you will not answer any questions without legal counsel present?

If the answer is "no, you are not being detained" then leave the encounter?

PS:To be clear: If police are investigating any matter that you may be involved in, direct or indirect, you have absolutly no obligation to answer any questions?

You need to provide your name and contact information. Otherwise, you are under no obligation to respond. But don't be an ass about it either. If they ask, "Is that your car," and it's your car, say so; don't just clam up, especially when they can find out it's your car.

In response to your first paragraph, yes.

In response to your second paragraph, politely ask, "am I free to leave now?"


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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
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