On Monday, September 30, DeWayne Terry, Partner at Rubenstein Law spoke to a class of seniors at Northwestern Miami High School about how to engage with police. Mr. Terry, who also serves as Suits for Seniors' Vice President gave students advice on engaging with law enforcement.
Suits for Seniors works together with high schools across Florida to cultivate the academic, social and leadership abilities of at-risk teens. After an eight-week course students receive a tailored suit and tie or pearls. Rubenstein Law is a proud sponsor of the program.
DT's Tips for Interacting with Law Enforcement
- Be polite and respectful. It's always a good idea to say, "Yes, Officer", "Yes, Ma'am", "No, Sir" in this situation.
- Stay calm and remain in control. Watch your words, body language, and emotions.
- Avoid altercations. Do not under any circumstance argue with the police. This is not the time to pick an argument.
- Remember, your actions matter. They can use anything you say or do against you in court. It's best to keep your mouth shut.
- Get someone to defend you. Do not make any statements about the incident until you meet with a lawyer or public defender.
- Stay put. Do not run, even if you are afraid, blameless or have outstanding warrants.
- Do not resist arrest, even if you believe you are innocent.
- Your goal is to get home safely. Avoid physical contact with the police
- Avoid all sudden movements. Keep your hands in plain sight & out of your pockets.
- Know your rights. If you feel they have violated your rights, you and your parents should file a formal complaint with your local police jurisdiction.
Read more about Rubenstein Law's participation in the program here and here.
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