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Sadena Meti Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 06:29 AM
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The right not to identify yourself.
Under most situations, when stopped by the police, you do not have to identify yourself. Under a Terry Stop for example. But they do have the right to search you for weapons, during which they always pull out your wallet and get your ID. Getting the information by the backdoor.

Has this ever been challenged?
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Ferret Annica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 07:44 AM
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1. If you drop your wallet into the jockey box and quickly exit the car locking it...
... That is one way you can stall of foil this sort of search. Cops prefer people to remain sitting in their car. But if one is going to be proactive in fighting be identified, why just sit there and go only halfway in making a statement on privacy.

When one does this, one should always state you did it out of force of habit and let it go at that. You shouldn't give them verbal weapons to use against you in court.
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Sadena Meti Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 08:00 AM
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2. Good ideas, but with some flaws
First, most glove compartments don't lock any more. At least in the three cars I'm familiar with they don't.

Second, I'm thinking more of being stopped on the street than being stopped in someone else's car as a passenger.

I guess the solution is just to not carry identification, but getting around with just cash is so foreign to me.
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Ferret Annica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 08:13 AM
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3. If you look at the primers on being stopped by a cop on You Tube
Edited on Sat Apr-30-11 08:15 AM by Ferret Annica
Watch this, you will find it enlightening.

The right way:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDJrQBwJpqk

The Wrong way:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaCe6nQUX5c&feature=rela...
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 09:05 AM
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4. Lock the entire car.
If they're going to search you against your wishes,
require them to take affirmative steps to conduct
the search.

Tesha
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