Attorney Nathan Prince Educates College Students on How to Avoid Police Problems

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Attorney Nathan Prince, in light of College Awareness Month, lists the top three tips on how college students can avoid problems with the law.

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While the student in that situation may be 100% legally correct, he or she would be well advised to remember that the road to exclusion of evidence is long, treacherous and expensive. When dealing with the police, a little respect can go a long way.

October is College Awareness Month. For those already in college, criminal defense attorney Nathan Prince, founder of the Law Office of Nathan Prince, lists the top three tips on how students can avoid problems with the police during the new school year.

No. 1: Remember that you can beat the rap but you can’t beat the ride. “College students often believe that the knowledge they rapidly acquire regarding their constitutional rights, the limitations of police authority and the legal effect of unlawful police conduct needs to be shown off during encounters with law enforcement,” said Prince. “This belief often manifests itself during encounters with law enforcement in the form of a student belligerently demanding an officer’s badge number while informing the officer that he or she has no right to detain or search the student. While the student in that situation may be 100% legally correct, he or she would be well advised to remember that the road to exclusion of evidence is long, treacherous and expensive. When dealing with the police, a little respect can go a long way.”

No. 2: Respecting law enforcement does not mean providing them with incriminating evidence. “It is important to understand the difference between being polite and respectful in dealing with law enforcement and just handing over incriminating evidence,” stressed Prince. “Police often tell detainees, students in particular, ‘This will go a lot better for you if you just cooperate and come clean.’ This statement, while unquestionably effective for getting people to confess their wrongdoing, is patently false. It will not go better for you if you come clean and give the police the evidence they need to arrest you. Whether it occurs in response to a police officer’s request to search a student’s car or person, or when an officer demands that a student produce an I.D. when he or she observes the student drinking an alcoholic beverage at a tailgate party, students often make the mistake of surrendering their right to remain silent and their right against unlawful searches and seizures. Remember that you have the right to refuse a request to search.”

No. 3: Don’t be foolish. “Over and over I see smart kids come to school and do some of the dumbest things you can imagine,” concluded Prince. “There’s the kid who doesn’t like being short on cash so starts selling small quantities of illegal drugs out of his dorm room or campus apartment. There’s the kid who knows he’s had too much to drink but decides to drive his friends home because he’s the least drunk one in the group, etc. Everyone knows that college is a chance to experience life and be irresponsible, but enjoy your irresponsibility responsibly.”

About Nathan Prince, Law Office of Nathan Prince
Nathan Prince has successfully handled thousands of trial and appellate cases. He is licensed to practice in all Florida State Courts and in Northern District of Florida Federal Court. The Law Office of Nathan Prince focuses on criminal defense and personal injury. For more information, please call (850) 601-5690 or visit http://www.nateprincelaw.com. The law office is located at 215 Delta Court, Suite 6, Tallahassee, FL 32303.

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