Know Your Rights

Helpful ‘Do & Don’t” tips.

If you are stopped for questioning…

DO:

Know Your Rights

  • Give your name and information on your ID or Driver’s License
  • Remember you have the right to remain silent
  • Show ID
  • Ask police to see a search warrant
  • Make sure the officer knows you do not agree to be searched
  • Ask if you are free to leave

DON’T:

  • Disrespect officer
  • Refuse to give your name
  • Agree to be arrested
  • Run away or physically resist
  • LIE
  • Discuss your citizenship or immigration status

If you are stopped in your car…

DO:

  • Show your license, registration and proof of insurance
  • Keep your hands on the wheel
  • Make it clear that you do not agree to have your car searched
  • Sign ticket if you are given one
  • Take blood, urine, or breath test
  • Keep your car clear of unnecessary objects

DON’T:

  • Physically resist a search, but make it clear you DO NOT AGREE TO SEARCH
  • Refuse to sign a ticket
  • Search for license or registration until asked
  • Refuse blood, urine or breath test
  • Disrespect officer
  • Attempt to bribe
  • Play music loudly
  • Have any objects hanging from your rearview mirror

If you are arrested or taken to a police station…

DO:

  • Tell the police your name and basic identifying information
  • Tell police you want to remain silent and want to talk to a lawyer
  • Ask if you can park your car in a safe place
  • Make sure you get your 3 phone calls
  • Memorize phone numbers for three family members or friends
  • Assume the police are recording your calls

DON’T:

  • Give them any information except for your name and basic identifying information
  • Give explanations
  • Talk without a lawyer
  • ­­­­­­­­Talk about your case on the phone
  • Forget the fact that if you cannot afford an attorney, one must be provided to you.
  • Make any decisions in your case without your lawyer
  • Explain your defense in the police station
  • Discuss your immigration status

Whether you are released or remain in jail, once given a court date…

DO:

  • Remember that you have the right to an attorney
  • Ask the judge if you can be released without bail