Jasper, AL asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Alabama

Q: Officer comes to public park, asks for mine and my husbands license. Someone called that our kids didn’t have on shoes.

If you are at a public park after dusk and a cop pulls up and says someone called because our kids didn’t have shoes on would this justify as an “illegal activity”? Would I have to give the officer more than just my name and address or would that suffice? I don’t fully understand, if I’ve done nothing wrong, they still ask for my license and or my social security number?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In this situation, it's important to understand that not having shoes on at a public park is generally not considered illegal activity. The officer may be responding to a call out of concern for the welfare of the children, but it does not necessarily imply wrongdoing on your part.

Regarding providing identification, laws vary by state. In some states, you may be required to identify yourself to a police officer if asked. This typically means providing your name and address. However, you are usually not required to provide more detailed information like your social security number unless there is a specific legal basis for the request.

If you're unsure or uncomfortable, you can politely ask the officer if you are legally required to provide the information requested. If you feel your rights are being infringed upon, you may consider contacting a lawyer for advice on how to proceed in your particular situation. Remember, staying calm and respectful during such interactions is beneficial.

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