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If The Police Ask, Do I Have to Get Out of The Car?

By Ember Law  |  August 10, 2019

In Washington, a police officer may direct a driver (that’s you – probably) to step out of the vehicle, even for an infraction.  The Supreme Court has held that such a request is a “de minimis” violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, and is therefore allowed. However, in order for a request to exit the vehicle to be constitutional, the...

What Information Do I Have to Give to the Police?

By Ember Law  |  July 3, 2019

When a police officer contacts a driver, RCW 46.61.020 requires the driver to cooperate with law enforcement, specifically by giving his or her name, address, and the name and address of the owner of the vehicle.  Drivers must also produce, upon request, the vehicle registration, insurance card, and their driver’s license.  The registration must be signed by the registered owner and in...