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Contact with police - your rights and obligations

I'm not the person who has a lot of contact with the police, but just so I am prepared for the situation, I will ask the question below. I'd appreciate factual answers; and not opinions / digressions. Sorry for the dutch directness.

What do you absolutely have to comply with, in case of a police encounter? Going by US example: you should tell them :
  • your name
  • address
  • show an ID

Any further questions can be dodged - unless there's a warrant against you. In case they are persistent, you can just simply walk away, if you are not under arrest.

What's the law in Switzerland? What do you need to absolutely comply with?
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Re: Contact with police - your rights and obligations

I always start chatting with them about motorcycles.

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Re: Contact with police - your rights and obligations

Did you just post a similar question on reddit?
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Re: Contact with police - your rights and obligations

You do not have to carry ID with you in Switzerland- if they give a good reason why they want proof of who you are, they can ask you to go to the police station or accompany you home to get ID. You do have the right to remain silent- or even lie- but then it will possibly lead to a lot of aggro and turn against you.

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Re: Contact with police - your rights and obligations

I found Swiss police the nicest out of all police. Even the Swiss border controllers are nicer than their German counterparts.
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meant in all the best taste of course! :-)
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Re: Contact with police - your rights and obligations

In all of Switzerland:
As a foreigner: You have to own a valid ID/Permit but you do not need to carry it with you.
As a Swiss: No need for any ID. Neither own nor carry.

In all of Switzerland at traffic stops:
- They can do a breathalyser test with no cause. No silly walking on line, counting down from 100, touching your nose etc.

Now, Police is a cantonal mather so your millage may vary where you are.
But lets take the Zurich Police Law as an example (the others are similar).
http://www2.zhlex.zh.ch/appl/zhlex_r.nsf/0/C8A75AF8B217CC9EC12575D2001F6CD5/$file/550.1.pdf

- You have to say who you are.
- You have to show any ID and Permit you carry with you.
- If there is any doubt about your ID they may take you to the next police station. This is not an arrest.
- You have to open and they may look into any containers that you carry with you. (They need cause for an actual search)
- You have to open and they may look into any vehicle that you have with you. (They need cause for an actual search)
- They may order you to leave a certain area and not to return within a certain time.
- You have to follow their order. (Which is a problem if the actual order has no legal grounds.)

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Re: Contact with police - your rights and obligations

The best advice is do NOT rely on any advice you get here on what you need to tell the police and what you can avoid telling them.

If they ask you something I would love to see what they do when you say I dont have to answer that because an internet forum said I dont have to
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Do what you're told.
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Re: Contact with police - your rights and obligations

If you are polite they will be polite as well. If you act like a jerk, they will be polite but they will make you wish you had been polite. I have found the Swiss police to be exemplary in their behavior.
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Re: Contact with police - your rights and obligations

Police to me are professionals doing their (not easy) job. I have nothing to hide. Police are providing a service to me. So why not just say 'Thank you, I appreciate your work. Have a nice day' !
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If you are polite they will be polite as well. If you act like a jerk, they will be polite but they will make you wish you had been polite. I have found the Swiss police to be exemplary in their behavior.
I would imagine that if you choose to be silent and refuse to answer any questions, they would become very suspicious and like dogs with a bone- so if you have nothing to hide....
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Re: Contact with police - your rights and obligations

Although a legal, official answer can hardly be expected on an Internet forum, aSwissInTheUS gave a good info. His post really stands out with its swiss quality
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I found Swiss police the nicest out of all police.
And a lot are quite eye candy.
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