Learn Your Rights
When you're physically under arrest it can be a jarring mental experience. Many people are mentally strained by the whole experience of getting arrested and forget the basic rules.
- You're innocent until proven otherwise by a court of law.
- You have the right not to make any self-incriminating statements under the Fifth Amendment.
- You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise these rights, make sure it’s clearly known.
- You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car, or your home.
- If you are not under arrest, you have the right to leave. They cannot keep you detained. It's important to ask the question and make known your intention to leave.
- You have the right to an attorney if you are arrested. Be sure to call a relative or loved one to post bail and contact an attorney.
- Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.
More Important Advice
- Do stay calm and listen carefully.
- Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
- Do not lie or give false information. As stated above you have the right to remain silent. Only talk to your lawyer.
- If you have a warrant out for your arrest and you are planning on turning yourself in be sure to prepare yourself. Your friends and loved ones are your closest allies.
- Report Abusive Cops
- In a few cases police will act out of line and treat citizens in an unfair manner. Always keep calm and try to remember everything that happened in your encounter with the police.
- Get a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated.