Can The Police Touch Me? Your Criminal Attorney Guide

If you feel uncomfortable during encounters with the police, you’re not alone. Most people don’t anticipate being questioned, handcuffed, or arrested. In these terrifying moments, a criminal attorney can help ease the transition. Still, until you reach a telephone, you need to know your rights. You also need to know what to expect.

We’ll start by answering one of the least commonly understood aspects of a police encounter – the right of an officer to touch you.

According to current law, a police officer has the right to use reasonable restraints on those who may escalate “hostilities.” Simply put, if an officer believes a confrontation may take place, he or she may touch you. That touch, however, must be reasonable and not harmful. 

If you or a loved one have been unreasonably restrained or harassed by a police officer, contact our Washington DC defense attorney team, the McDaniel Law Group. We’ll protect the liberties, freedoms, and rights you’ve been promised as an American citizen.

The Importance of Remaining Calm 

Washington DC Defense AttorneyAccording to an article in Reveal News about arrests in Washington DC, prosecution for assaulting a police officer has started by wiggling while handcuffed, bracing one hand on the steering wheel during an arrest, and yelling at an officer.

In the capital, assaulting an officer is defined as physical assault, as well as “resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating, or interfering with law enforcement.”

This means, even if you feel uncomfortable, violated, and angry, allowing a police officer to touch you without responding aggressively is essential. Remain calm, don’t move unless instructed to do so, and don’t fight back. As soon as possible, contact a criminal attorney for representation.

Advice From Experts 

The ACLU has outlined a series of things to remember when being stopped by police:

  • Be polite and respectful.
  • Remain calm at all times.
  • Never get into an argument with a police officer.
  • Remember, and utilize, your right to remain silent.
  • Never run or touch a police officer.
  • Always keep your hands where an officer can see them.
  • Remember badge numbers.
  • Write down everything you remember as soon as possible.
  • If you feel your rights have been violated, contact a Washington DC defense attorney.

Here are some important things to note:

  • What you say to a police officer can, and likely will, be used against you in a court of law. It can also get you arrested.
  • You don’t have to answer questions, but you are required to show your license and registration when stopped in a vehicle.
  • You don’t have to consent to yourself, your vehicle, or your home being searched. If an officer claims to have a warrant, ask to see it. 

Contact a Criminal Attorney for Assistance 

If your rights have been violated by a police officer, contact the McDaniel Law Group at (202)-873-9029. Our skilled and experienced criminal attorney team will listen, sympathize, and fight for your rights.