Stop and Identify Statute Law and Legal Definition

Stop and identify statute refers to laws that empowers the police to detain persons reasonably suspected of involvement in a crime, and require persons so detained to identify themselves to the police. This principle depends upon the concept of detention. This principle was developed by the court through Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (U.S. 1968). Accordingly, the statute requires an individual detained at a traffic or Terry stop to identify him/her, and provides penalties for a failure to do so.