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LEGAL QUESTIONS & LAWYER TRICIA DWYER'S ANSWERS:
LEGAL QUESTION: I got voice mail from police asking I ask my sister to phone them about a matter. My sister is a sort of person who never has any legal problems. What's best? ATTORNEY TRICIA DWYER'S ANSWER: Of course it is good to cooperate and assist law enforcement; however, if a person has concerns about criminal conduct of some sort, for one, in the USA, we all have the right not incriminate oneself, the right to stay silent (but remember, if asked by law enf' for your legal name and DOBirth, we are to identify ourselves to law enf' when asked - always be respectful to law enf' and identify yourself - if you have an issue about being asked for that info', for instance, be respectful and state that information - if you think it was wrongfully asked of you, then later discuss it with an att'y helping you - never argue or cause trouble for law enf'). In my work, it can happen that I am present with my client, sitting right by his/her side, for a sit down appointment (meeting) with a detective, or other sort of law enf' officer.
Legal question: A warrant's out for me; can I renew my drivers license?
Attorney Tricia Dwyer's answer: Sites/offices where MN Drivers Licenses are issued or renewed are a part of MN State government, so, too, are the computer databases and the employees. It's a part of my work that I may help a person with an arrest warrant get it resolved; some people with warrants are in hiding and, understandably, can be very nervous and scared.
Legal question: I was sitting in car in park & police came & said they'd been told I seemed suspicious. I was unnerved. Legal of them??
Attorney Tricia Dwyer's answer: Hello. You wrote how you were 'alone', which suggests to me the circumstances may have been suspicious. Also, be aware that police may be notified of suspicious behavior in many ways - for example, someone on the street calls out to the officers in a squad car. It's really important that we're all respectful to all law enforcement, plus all first responders - the work officers do for us - people in the community - is extremely important, essential. Remember no one's 'out to get you' - officers are concerned about things such as pedophile lurking, concern for your welfare. ALWAYS have hands up and open. NEVER make any fast movements of any sort. ALWAYS be totally respectful, NEVER rude or 'difficult' or 'noncompliant'. Identify who you are if asked. If you have a problem about what unfolded, in my work, a person will be in the Attorney-Client relationship with me and we'll discuss what happened - most often there will be real time video to view. Think of 'what if I was in their shoes'! Also, you yourself please think about a career in law enforcement - you clearly are a careful and detailed and conscientious person!! Excellent questions.