Do police have to answer your questions?

Do police have to answer your questions?

No. You have the constitutional right to remain silent. In general, you do not have to talk to law enforcement officers (or anyone else), even if you do not feel free to walk away from the officer, you are arrested, or you are in jail. You cannot be punished for refusing to answer a question.

Do police have to obey the law?

Police must follow the United States Constitution when performing their duties as peace officers.

What should you do if you are stopped by the police?

If you’re stopped in your car

  1. Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible.
  2. Upon request, show police your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.
  3. If an officer or immigration agent asks to look inside your car, you can refuse to consent to the search.

What happens if you disobey a military order?

The penalties for violating or failing to obey a lawful general order or regulation include: Dishonorable discharge; Forfeiture of pay and allowances; and/or. No more than 2 years of confinement.

Is failure to obey a police officer a crime?

As a result, disobeying a peace officer is a criminal offense under California Vehicle Code Section 2800 VC, and a conviction under this statute can carry serious consequences. The defendant willfully refused or failed to comply with a lawful order, signal or direction of any peace officer.

What defines a lawful order?

Generally speaking, a lawful order is one that a police officer can legally issue and enforce. The police officer tells you to do something, or to stop doing something you are already doing. You do not comply. The officer arrests you for failing to comply with his/her order.

Do you turn your car off when you get pulled over?

After you’ve pulled over to a safe spot, you should normally turn off your engine. At this point, you might want to show the officer a few other token courtesies. You have little to lose and perhaps something to gain. Also, stay in the car until and unless the officer directs you to get out.

Do you have to obey a police officer?

You must obey all unconditional commands of a peace officer. It does no harm to inform the officer that you are willing to comply with all unconditional legal commands and ask him or her if a given command is, in fact, unconditional.

Can a soldier disobey an order?

Military members disobey orders at their own risk. They also obey orders at their own risk. An order to commit a crime is unlawful. An order to perform a military duty, no matter how dangerous, is lawful as long as it doesn’t involve the commission of a crime.

What do you do if a cop pulls you over?

I’ve been pulled over by the police

  1. Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible.
  2. Turn off the car, turn on the internal light, open the window part way, and place your hands on the wheel.
  3. Upon request, show police your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.

What makes an order lawful?

Unfortunately, the court then adopted the ambiguous rule that an order is lawful when that order is “reasonably designed to achieve” its goal. The court did not further define “lawful order” or describe what legitimate goals were to be achieved by a particular order.