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Q:   Can a police arrest me for having an attitude?  My friend girlfriend was moving out the community so he ask me if I want to go walk around the block and say bye to her so told him sure, so I was walking with them, they than stop so they could give their last kiss, but on the street they was on, one of the neighbor who lived their once told them they couldn’t come to that street so he came back, but we was on the other side of his block him being petty had to cross the street to tell us to leave the block so I told him to “f*** off, I’m not going no where” I’m on the side walk and far from his house he called the police on us so then when we saw the cop we left then to police had caught up to us, he started asking us question I refuse to answer when I didn’t want to answer his question he told him he would arrest me for trespassing so then I told if he do he would have to drop the charged because I lived in the community so then he got mad and jump out of his car and told me “keep it with your smart mouth I’ll take you down to the station for disorderly conduct” he ask me for my ID I told him I left it at the house so then he took our name DOB and handcuff me brought me to my house to ask my mom do I live here. Can he do that.

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Answered Q: “Can he do that.”

A: Obviously he can. He did.

Look, you have an explanation for everything except the chip you seem to have on your shoulder.

There is no need to be disrespectful (whether intentionally or not and by action or word) and you can invoke your rights pleasantly if you wish. Or not….

But so too are the cops are free to act as they wish too (lawfully or not). They could have found a reason to harass you, taser you, maybe even throw you a beat down and then claim that you provoked the situation. Or they could have taken you home to mama (as they did) and hope that she smacked some sense into you (which I suspect they also believed that they were doing).

I am not condoning the cops behavior but I am gonna go out on a limb here and say that I’m pretty certain (from your own words, here, on AVVO and well after the fact) that your choice of behavior contributed to this scene going south.

I’m betting that had you not caused the “police [to have to] had caught up to us”, and had you not “didn’t want to answer his question” and had you not “told if he do he would have to drop the charged because I lived in the community” then he probably would not have “got mad and jump out of his car and told me “keep it with your smart mouth I’ll take you down to the station for disorderly conduct”” and you would not have been field interrogated and “handcuff me brought me to my house to ask my mom do I live here.”

Instead you probably could have avoided all that by standing still and telling the cop, in plain English, what you were doing and where you lived. There was no crime being committed (tasteless as it may be you are perfectly free to tell the neighbor “to “f*** off, I’m not going no where””), but your acts in leaving after you saw the cop and then aggressively (instead of politely) invoking your rights and otherwise effectively being stand-off-ish (instead of being what you were, innocent of any criminal activity) sealed the deal.

“Do unto others”….

Act like a thug and you’ll likely be treated like one.

Behave like a good citizen and you’ll also likely be treated like one.

I’m pretty sure this is not what you wan’t to hear but after 25 years of criminal defense representation in the 305 I’ve represented a lot of folks who have had sufficiently similar (if not carbon copied) experience I know of what I speak.

Regardless, I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.

First, second and third: No attorney-client relationship exists by virtue of any Q&A with Michael A. Haber, Esq….more

Michael Adam Haber
Michael Adam Haber, Criminal Defense Attorney – Miami, FL
Posted 18 days ago.
Sorry. In all of that I actually forgot to directly answer your initial question…

Q: Can a police arrest me for having an attitude?

A: No. But they can find any of a number of other reasons to arrest you (and, sadly, worse), and while you may (in the end, long-term) beat the rap you cannot beat the (immediate, short-term) ride.

My advise: Don’t poke the bear.

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Posted 18 days ago.
Thanks for your advice, but I didn’t poke the bear the bear poked me, and as a lawyer I thought not answering the officer question would’ve been the smart thing to do.
Michael Adam Haber
Michael Adam Haber, Criminal Defense Attorney – Miami, FL
Posted 18 days ago.
If you’re as innocent as the little baby Jesus then there’s no harm in answering a question. It’s when you’re NOT innocent that you absolutely must keep your mouth shut.

If you’re innocent then, although you can, you don’t walk away (although innocent folks can do so guilty folks have a clear incentive to walk away at the sight of a cop, the cops know that, they do simple math and bank on the odds that you’re into something nefarious – after all you don’t know what the neighbor told them or what they thought when they showed up, made eye contact and you started walking off…).

Further, if you’re innocent then you are best advised to respectfully respond to police questions by saying that you’re not doing anything wrong and that unless you’re being detained you would like to be on your way.

And if you are being detained then you can politely invoke your rights to remain silent and for an attorney.

After that simply resign yourself to the fact that if he’s gonna arrest you then so be it.  If you don;t make things tough on your lawyer then you will beat the rap (even though you won’t beat the ride).

You will generally get farther (with the cops and in life) with sugar than you will with spice.

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