We get asked this question often. In New York State, your basic rights when stopped, searched, or arrested are as follows:
• You have the right to ask why you have been stopped.
• The police may ask you to step out of your vehicle if you are stopped in a car.
• The police may “pat-down” your clothing for their protection if they suspect you are carrying a concealed weapon, but you have the right to refuse any additional search.
• If you are in police custody and are not free to leave the police must tell you that you have the right to remain silent and the right to talk to a lawyer before they question you.
You do not have to answer any questions without an attorney present. If you are in the Syracuse area, and have been arrested and charged with a crime, don’t hesitate to contact our office- call us at 315-701-2939 or CONTACT US ONLINE