MIP/MIC FAQs About The Initial Police Contact in Washington State

 

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Was I arrested for MIP, MIC, or furnishing?

You are under arrest if a police officer takes you into "custody." This means that you reasonably believe that you are not free to walk away from the scene of the contact with the officer. Not every contact with a police officer means you are under arrest. Certainly, if you are placed in handcuffs you are under arrest.

The officer never "read me my rights." Does this help my case?

Possibly, this may lead to the suppression of any statements you may have made to the officer after your arrest.

I refused to answer the officer's questions or make a statement, will this hurt me?

No, you have an absolute right to refuse to incriminate yourself by making statements. If your case went to trial, the prosecutor and officer would not be allowed to even mention the fact that you were asked questions and did not answer.

I have no criminal history, will this help my case?

Having a clean criminal record can help in negotiating your case. Your criminal history, or lack of history, would generally not be relevant if your case went to trial.

Will the officer write a police report and can I get a copy?

Yes, the officer will write a police report and you may review a copy. The easiest way to view this report is for your attorney to make a discovery request. The prosecutor must provide this report to your attorney. Unfortunately, the court rules do not allow your attorney to provide you a copy of the report, though you may read it at your attorney's office or with your attorney as often as you like.

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