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.