- Consensual interaction: This is when a police officer simply starts a conversation with you. You may ask, “Am I free to leave?” If the officer says yes, don’t talk. Walk away immediately! You DO NOT have to stay and you DO NOT have to show ID!
- Investigative detention: This is when a police officer has some suspicion that you are involved with criminal activity. You may ask, “Am I free to leave?” The officer will say “no.” In Tennessee, you ARE NOT required to provide identification at this point. You SHOULD NOT TALK at this point, instead, say “lawyer”. Call the Law Offices of Lords and Cate immediately at 615-418-9814.
- Arrest: The officer may only arrest you if he has probable cause to believe you have committed a crime, or, if they have a warrant for your arrest. At this point, you ARE required to show ID and the officer may search you. You SHOULD NOT TALK at this point, instead, say “lawyer”. Call the Law Offices of Lords and Cate immediately at 615-418-9814.
Probable cause: sufficient reason based upon known facts to believe a crime has been committed or that certain property is connected with a crime.