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BANGKOK 19 May 2019 21:48
JimmyJ

Any legal guide to dealing with the Thai Police?

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In the US the American Civil Liberties Union and other NGO groups put out guides for "What to do if you are questioned by police", "What to do if arrested", etc., discussing one's rights.

There is also a Youtube video that should be required viewing in public schools and re-viewed every few years - "Don't Talk to the Police" -

 

and the ACLU and other NGO's put out videos.

 

Is there anything like this for Thailand, on this forum or elsewhere?

Any Civil Liberties NGO's?

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Good advice in post no.3

 

Keep your cool, dont get aggitated or show any signs aggression, roll with it and you'll soon be on your way. (This is all assuming a minor issue).

 

There is also a pinned topic at the head of this forum here:

 

 

 

 

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Nice overview of what happens in the US, but this is not the US.  

 

You just can't compare, it's like trying to compare of orange with a crocodile, so don't even try. 

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On April 14, 2019 at 3:31 PM, Scutty said:

Pay them 500 baht when your first picked up before it goes further . Further it goes , the more cops you got to pay .

 

 

It's surprising how many TV posters (claim they ) have experience dealing directly with the police and/or have developed techniques for paying bribes.  

 

Just kidding. I suppose it's to be expected.

 

 

 

 

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Smile and be polite. Get your GF to negotiate on your behalf. Works for me.

If you dress like a bum, be prepared to be treated like one.

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On 4/14/2019 at 7:41 PM, batata said:

the thicker the envelope the easy it will be be, thus

1 - don't argue

2- don't raise your voice

3 - smile and apologize, get closer to the one in charge and ask how much...

 

it should be ok after that, they may direct you to the atm if short of cash

100% correct never raise your voice 

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On 4/14/2019 at 3:39 PM, richard_smith237 said:

There are some legal guidelines about where and by whom you can be questioned, searched, have your immigration status questioned etc... (I don’t know where they are published though).

 

BUT... being a realist will serve you far more successfully in any encounter. 

Be accommodating and you’ll be on your way quickly enough. 

 

If you become difficult it’s highly likely your next few hours will be made miserable. Its just not worth it, you won’t win and there’s no point trying. If you’ve nothing to hide just comply. Relax, take it in your stride, they’ll likely relax and take things in their stride too.

 

It’s always good to have a respected Thai you can contact if things become difficult... I Senior Policeman can help if the BiB are being total pricks and attempting to extort you.

I have never been questioned by Thai police, but there is one rule I will abide by, and that is, they will never lay a hand on my wallet. They may have their rules, but I have mine too.

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1 hour ago, Pdavies99 said:

I am very deaf, and tell them that, then I smile and give them a Thai Lawyers business card! (on the reverse in Thai it is written that I am deaf!

 

They will show you the door!

 

Has happened to me twice.

What a great Idea, as soon as they know you are deaf, or they think you are, they won't

waste time and time is valuable to them to get to the next victim. next time I go to Bangkok

the first thing I am going to do is visit a lawyers office.😀

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