Kirkland, WA asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Oklahoma

Q: Are police required to inform someone that not complying with a request will directly lead to an arrest?

I was watching this video about a woman being arrested for not signing a ticket. It seemed questionable to me that the exchange between the officer and the woman was "You're not going to sign the ticket?" "No. Because I..." "Step out of the car." "Why?" "Because you're under arrest." It seemed like the woman didn't know the consequences of simply saying no would lead to an arrest. Are there any laws that require officers to inform people of the consequences of non compliance?

1 Lawyer Answer
Keegan Kelley Harroz
Keegan Kelley Harroz
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: It is your duty as a person present in the US to follow the law. Officers are not required to tell you the law. They’re responsible for enforcing it.

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