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Office of the Public Defender           6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1400, Baltimore, MD 21202           1.877.430.5187              opdcommunications@opd.state.md.us

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

If you are stopped by the police, on the street or in a car:

 

  • Always ask if you are free to leave (even if you are a passenger). If you are free to leave, do so calmly and quietly.

  • If you are not free to leave, stay silent.

 

If the police ask to search you or your belongings:

 

  • Say “I do not consent.”

 

If the police are already searching you or your belongings and ask if you have anything illegal:

  • Always remain silent.

 

If the police are trying to search your home:

  • Ask if they have a warrant. If they do not have a warrant, you can ask them to leave.
  • If they have a warrant, read the warrant. Officers can only search for the areas/items listed in the warrant.
  • An arrest warrant allows police to enter the home of the person listed in the warrant if they believe the person is inside.
  • Remain silent and do not have to make any statements without a lawyer.

 

 

If you are arrested or charged with a crime:

  • Apply for a Public Defender or retain private counsel as soon as possible.

  • Ask for a lawyer immediately.
  • Say you wish to remain silent, and do not admit to anything.
  • Do not sign anything, say anything or make decisions without a lawyer.
  • Do not make any statements on jail calls or in visitor booths. You are being recorded.
  • Do not discuss your case with anyone.