Common questions you ask yourself about police officers and how to respond to them effectively.

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At some point in life you'll have to deal with the law enforcement officers even when you haven't broken any laws. Most of them ask you unnecessary questions and they decide whether to let you go or hold you for further questioning. The following are some things to know when you have an encounter with the law enforcement officers.

What do you do when an officer stops you on the street? You must answer questions about your name and where you live and you can be free to go but if the officer suspects that you have broken the law you can be forced to go to the station for questioning. If you are a visitor in another country, remember to carry your passport and any other legal document at all times.

Do you have to answer their questions? No, this is because you have the right to remain silent to leave it to the judge who will rule out your case. Remember that you will never be punished for remaining within your jurisdiction and practicing your own rights.

What do you do when you are asked to leave a public place? If you are asked by the police to leave a public place is because they are suspecting that you might be the person disrupting peace. The police cannot ask you to leave if you are holding a public demonstration against political issues or strike.

What if police officers pull your vehicle over? Remain inside your car and don't move out until told so. Just try to stay calm and be polite, keep your hands at the steering wheel so that they can be seen at all times. If the officer requests to see your car documents, show them and don't open your window completely. If they ask you questions unrelated to the car or road safety, tell them that you refuse to answer.

Why do police officers touch your car when they pull you over? They do these to leave their fingerprints on the car to show that they had an encounter with the driver. In case of an emergency, they will be able to identify the driver thanks to the fingerprint.

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