Imagine that you’re sitting in your living room watching television when you see a police cruiser pull up your driveway. An officer gets out and knocks on your door.
What do you have to do in this situation? Maybe you always ignore door-to-door salesman, and you simply go on with your life until they leave. Can you do the same thing if you don’t want to talk to the police, or are you obligated to talk to them?
You have a right to privacy and the right to remain silent
You have a lot of rights in a situation like this. For one thing, you have a right to privacy, and you don’t have to open your door unless the police cite some sort of extraordinary situation, such as a crime in process, or if they have a warrant. Otherwise, they can ask to enter, but you don’t have to answer them or allow them to come in.
You also don’t have to talk to the police or answer any questions that they ask. It’s your right to remain silent. They can’t force you to answer questions, though.
What do you do if you get arrested?
If you choose to let taw enforcement officers in or if you’re required to let them in and they arrest you, then it’s wise to get legal guidance right away to help ensure that your rights are protected and to understand what legal options you have, If the police violated your rights at any point, this can have an effect on any case against you.