Being identified as a suspect and confronted by law enforcement can be extremely daunting, especially if you haven’t done anything wrong. We tend to think of police officers as people who are there to help us, and for the most part, they do.
Nevertheless, police officers are not immune from sometimes acting in an unprofessional manner. If you happen to have been confronted by law enforcement on a bad day, the experience can be terrifying. Nevertheless, there are some ways that you might make the situation run a little more smoothly. Outlined below are some tips for dealing with a confrontational officer.
Say as little as possible
While you may have to tell officers details such as your name, the conversation can be kept to a minimum. If you have been identified as a subject, it is likely that the police are questioning you in order to obtain an admission of guilt, rather than the truth of the matter. In the U.S. you are legally protected from being forced to say anything that is self-incriminating. A confrontational officer could be trying to intimidate you into saying something that hurts your case. Thus, staying quiet could be in your best interests.
Refrain from being rude or aggressive
Although you may opt to say very little, you do not need to do so in a manner that is rude or abrasive. Acting in a manner that is courteous and respectful is likely to do no harm, whereas being rude or aggressive could escalate the situation. It is understandable to be upset or even angry if you have been detained as an innocent person, but it is more productive to channel your emotions into building a strong case for your defense.
It is important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. You have an abundance of legal protections, including against bad practices from law enforcement. Understanding your legal rights in Georgia could ensure a more favorable outcome for you.