Know your rights
If you are stopped by the police on the street
You do not have to answer any questions. YOu can say " I do not want to talk to you" and walk away calmly.
If you are mistreated by police
DO NOT FIGHT BACK. Do not yell or scream at the officer. Do say, outloud, the officer's name and any other identifying information.
You have the right to ask the officer for this information. Take pictures of any injuries to your person or your property. Call your lawyer as soon as possible.
If the police contact you by phone
You do not have to speak to the police. You do not have to return their call, continue with a conversation or go down to the poice station to speak further with them.
If the police call or approach you for and interview and you do not wish to speak with them tell them no.
If the police place you under arrest
You have Miranda Rights:
- You have the right to remain silent
- Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law
- You have the right to an attorney
- If you cannot afford and attorney, one will be appointed for you
This means you do not have to answer an officer's questions and may request a lawyer. A judge must set your bond within 24 hours.
If you are stopped by the police in a vehicle
- Keep your hands where the poice can see them
- You must show your driver's license, registration and proof of insurance if you are asked for these documents
- The police can ask you to step out of your car.
- They may seperate passengers and driver from each other to question them and compare their answers
- Remember, you do not have to answer any of their questions
- You do not have to give the police persmission to search your car
- If the police ask to search your car and you do not wish for them to do so, stay calm and polite and tell them "No."
- Please note there are certain limited circumstances where the police can seach your car without your permission