It is crucial to know your rights. Know how to protect yourself during an arrest and how to defend yourself afterward. Don’t get yourself into further trouble, know how to handle this situation before it happens.
Here are the main things to remember if you ever find yourself in this situation:
Do not consent to a search
The Fourth Amendment protects you from unlawful search and seizure. A search becomes lawful if you have consented to the search, the officer has a warrant, or the officer has a valid reason, usually referred to as probable cause or exigent circumstances. If the police stop you because of possible drug possession, you should not consent to a search. An officer may start to word their questions in a less direct way to try and get information from you. A good response would be “I know you are doing your job, but I do not consent to any searches.” Make sure to stay respectful toward the officer. Never physically resist or fight the police. Even while denying consent to a search, do so calmly.
Ask if you can