CRIMINAL LAW FAQs

CRIMINAL LAW FAQs

What are my rights if I'm approached by a police officer in Maryland?

Police officers are allowed to approach you in a public place to request information. You don’t have to submit to questioning and are free to walk away.

 

If the police reasonably suspect that you are committing, have committed or are about to commit a crime, they may detain you for questioning for a short period of time. Under these circumstances, the officers may request identification and an explanation for your actions. You do not have to answer. You may be frisked for weapons during the detention if police reasonably suspect that you are armed and dangerous. If during the frisk the police find anything illegal on you, they can confiscate it and you can be arrested.

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