When is it legal for the police to stop me and question me?
Generally speaking, the police should only stop and question someone if there is a reasonable suspicion by the police that a crime has been committed or is in the process of being committed. The time that they stop you should be brief. They should only detain you for a short period of time, and it is okay to do as the law refers to a simple pat down to make sure that you don’t have any weapons or anything else that may harm either law enforcement or those standing around.
We always advise our clients to cooperate with police, provide them information that they need, and if you feel as if your rights have been violated at that point, to come and seek an attorney to discuss what your options may be.
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