Continuing the discussion of the appropriate demeanor when confronted by law enforcement, unexpectedly, it is important to be cognizant of your rights.
Again, be calm and respectful.
You are required to identify yourself to the point of showing an ID.
You are not required to explain where you have been or where you are going.
If you are asked to step out of the car, your liberty is being restrained, which equates with an arrest whether the officer says you are being arrested or not.
You should remain calm and comply.
Do not answer any questions other than to identify yourself.
Anything you say from that point can be used against you in a court of law.
The officer does not have to tell you why they are asking you to do what they are asking.
The officer does not have to tell you why you are being detained.
Remember you cannot win on the street. You can win in the courtroom if you keep your words and emotions under control. Do not let the matter escalate.