What to Do If the Police Question You in Connecticut
Police officers have the authority to approach you at any time to ask questions. Getting stopped by the police can be a frightening experience. But it’s helpful to know your rights and prepare in advance. You have the right to an attorney before answering any questions. Contact me for a free case evaluation.
Always remember the following if you are questioned by the Connecticut police:
- Stay calm and be polite.
- Don’t run or resist.
- Keep your hands where the officers can see them.
- Ask them why they want to talk to you. If they are investigating a crime, and:
- It’s clear that you were not involved, but wish to help the police, it’s fine to speak with them and tell them what you know.
- You are a suspect or not sure if you are a suspect, politely tell them that you cannot speak with them at that time. The danger of answering questions is that people often people don’t realize that they are revealing information that can be used against them later.
- If you are somehow involved in the crime or think you might be a suspect, contact an experienced Connecticut criminal defense lawyer for legal advice.
What Are My Rights When Questioned by Police in Connecticut?
If a police officer, detective, or other law enforcement personnel asks you to answer questions, it is vital to understand your rights and know what you need to answer and what you do not.
Your rights include:
- You do not have to answer any questions other than your name.
- You do not have to answer questions about where you were born, whether you are a U.S. citizen, or how you entered the country.
- You have the right to remain silent. Make sure you say so out loud if you wish to exercise that right.
- You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings, but police may pat down your clothing if they suspect you have a weapon or drugs. The officer may search you against your will, but refusing consent can help preserve your rights in any legal proceedings that may happen later.
- If the police are at your door or want to look inside your house, you don’t have to let them in unless they have a warrant. Ask the officer to slip the warrant under the door or hold it up to the window so you can see it. The warrant lists the specific areas and items the officers can search. They are allowed to search only the areas and items listed on the warrant. If they do not have a warrant and they say they will get one, the police have the right to refuse to allow you to re-enter the house until they secure that warrant which can take weeks.
More information about your rights in Connecticut can be found here.
Can the Connecticut Police Interview My Child?
Police have the right to detain a minor concerning any criminal investigation. They can question them without a parent or attorney present. Make sure you tell your child that they can and should exercise their right to remain silent.
Can a police officer question a child at school? Yes, but your child should politely insist that one of their parents should be present, even if the principal is there. Then the school will contact you before moving forward.
After your child is stopped in public or at school, contact an attorney and explain that the police want to question your child. An attorney can reach out to police and help protect your child and their rights.
Get Legal Advice from Field Law Office, LLC
If you or a family member has been stopped or questioned by the police, know your rights. You have the right to an attorney before answering any questions. I am a longtime criminal defense attorney in Connecticut. I can help you with your case and will be able to protect you and your rights.
Call me for a free consultation. You can explain what the police were asking about and give me any information about your involvement or knowledge of the matter. Our conversation is confidential, and whatever information you share with me will stay confidential.
If you live in Hartford, Enfield, or New Haven, or anywhere in Connecticut, I can help you. Contact me now for a free case evaluation. 860 850 2372 and 203 654 3770.