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How To Talk to Cops

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Attorney Chris Carrión gives invaluable advice on what to do – and what not to say – if you ever find yourself in an unexpected encounter with the police.
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Oh Bo oh no,
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brother, brother. What do I do?
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Don't worry, I'm gonna Chris.
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Oh Chris Caron, the criminal lawyer to help us how to
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talk to cops, Chris.
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Oh Thank God, I feel the whatever they say good.
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That was good. Hey Chris.
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nice to meet you.
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Thank you so much for hopping on.
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As you can tell we just got pulled over.
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What do we do next?
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Well, the first thing you're gonna do is shut the fuck
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up, right? You do not want to talk to the
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police if you don't have to and you don't want to do
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their job for them.
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So shut the fuck up.
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Do not say anything if you have 1/5 amendment,
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right? Not to incriminate yourself and not to speak to the
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police if you don't want to or if there's not a lawyer
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present. So that's the first thing they're gonna do.
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Check. Can the police check our car?
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The constitution says they have to have a warrant to search your
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car, right? But they can see it and look at
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anything that's in plain sight.
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So if they're stopping you in a car,
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they can look inside your windows and see what's on the seats
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what's on the floors.
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What they cannot do is go through the trunk,
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go through the glove box,
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go through your center console in,
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in the little pockets behind the seats.
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They can't do any of that without a warrant or without your
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consent., oftentimes when people get stopped,
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the cops will say,
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do you mind if I have a look around and people kind
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of casually just say yes and that's it.
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That's all they need to search your car.
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And now if you've got anything illegal,
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you gonna get arrested for it and all you had to do
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was shut the fuck up and say no,
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if they tell me to step outside my vehicle and I'm like
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scared as fuck, what do I do?
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Can I record them?
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Should I ignore them or?
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So you cannot ignore police,
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right? Courts in all 50 states have ruled on this issue
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You can't just ignore them and stand there like a fucking
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mind. They can ask you to get out the vehicle
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you should not refuse.
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If they do ask you to get out,
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they can ask you a couple questions they can ask for your
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driver's license, your name.
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You can't refuse that they can arrest you.
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If you don't have a license,
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you are permitted to record police.
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I know here in New York State they just passed a
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law saying you can do that.
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Most of the other states have similarly passed laws saying you can
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record the police and certainly if you have a passenger,
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they have more than enough right to record the police.
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So I would encourage that as well.
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what should I do if the cop is on a
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power trip? I've,
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I'm pulled over and then they get a little more shut up
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I'm like, oh,
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here's my ID. Like,
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I don't know, like,
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what do I do?
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the most important thing that a motorist can do is
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be calm, be polite.
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I understand. You might be scared.
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You might be confused.
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You might not know what's happening,
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but you should not do anything that is going to trigger that
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police officer make him more scared or more on edge if he's
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violating your rights. If he's cursing at you,
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if he's acting belligerent,
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just take note of the date,
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the time. Try to remember badge numbers,
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shield numbers,
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their, their name tags and let the lawyers handle it.
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And that decision, you know,
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unfortunately could save your life.
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We've all seen these cases where cops,
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you know, stop someone,
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things get out of hand and,
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and the motorist ends up dead because they didn't cooper or they
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didn't just follow the orders.
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They, they tried to fight,
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when is it time to talk to a lawyer?
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The first thing you should do whether you're being stopped by the
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police in a car or out on the street is ask,
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are you free to leave?
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If you are not free to leave,
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then you are technically under police custody and quite possibly under arrest
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So if the police want to question you after that,
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they have to mirandize you and you have a right to speak
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with a lawyer, you don't have to talk to them,
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you say right then and there,
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I want a lawyer here in New York City and in most
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of the other states now,
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police are all required to wear body cameras on their chest.
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So just keep repeating so that camera can pick it up.
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I want to speak to a lawyer.
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I refuse to answer questions.
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I do not consent for you to search my car,
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my person, my bag,
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whatever. If they refuse,
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that's fine, just keep repeating it.
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And the first chance you get,
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you talk to a lawyer and we'll handle that another day.
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So any final advice you give to us in our audience
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watching cop, he's not your friend.
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He does not want to help you no matter how much they
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say, oh, I just want to help you out.
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Tell me what, no,
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they're not. They are recording everything,
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they're writing it all down and they are going to use it
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against you. Do not cooperating in the sense of giving information
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Just be polite,
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be courteous and you know,
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let me take care of it.
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I also wanted to ask where can people find you?
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I'm on Instagram or you can go visit my website
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at Carry on legal.com.
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send me ad m send me an email and
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you know, I'm happy to talk to anyone.
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I give this advice out for free,
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so you don't even have to pay me.
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All right. Well,
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hopefully next time I got a ticket,
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I'll hit you up because I like to.
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yeah, I'll just,
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I'll look good at that,
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but thank you, Chris.
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Have a good one.
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Appreciate the time. Thank you.
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Bye bye.