If I Am Not Under Arrest, Do I Have To Answer A Police Officer's Questions?
EXAMPLE: Tommy is walking down the street and approached by Officer Doright. Officer Doright begins to question Tommy about a bank robbery that happened a few days ago. The conversation looks like this:
Officer Doright: Hey, excuse me, I would like to ask you a few questions.
Tommy: um, ok, what is this about?
Officer Doright: I`m investigating a robbery that happened a few days ago, I thought you might be able to give me some information.
Tommy: I just got back in town today from Europe, I really don`t think that I can help.
Officer Doright You just got back, that`s interesting, you fit the description of the robber that the bank teller provided.
Tommy: Excuse me Officer, am I under arrest?
Officer Doright: Umm, well no, but if you have something to say, I promise to help you out.
Tommy: No thanks Officer, you have a nice day. Tommy then continues with his walk home from the airport.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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