Atlanta, GA asked in Civil Rights for Georgia

Q: Police stops you. Your rights?

Stops You and asks for your ID. Your rights?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If a police officer in Georgia stops you and asks for your ID, it's important to understand your rights in this situation. Firstly, in many cases, you are required to provide your ID if the officer has a reasonable suspicion that you're involved in criminal activity. This is particularly true if you're driving, as you're required to have a valid driver's license.

However, if you're not driving and there's no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, you generally aren't required to provide your ID. It's crucial to remain calm and polite during the interaction. You can ask the officer if you are free to leave; if they say yes, you may do so peacefully.

Remember, you have the right to remain silent. If you choose to exercise this right, clearly state that you wish to do so. Be aware that any statements you make can be used against you.

If the situation escalates or if you feel your rights are being violated, you have the right to request a lawyer. It's advisable to do this calmly and without confrontation. Keeping these points in mind can help navigate a police stop more effectively.

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