Below are tips for interacting with police and understanding your rights.
- You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
- 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 calmly leave.
- You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested -- ask for one immediately.
- Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.
Note: Some state laws may vary. Separate rules apply at checkpoints and when entering the U.S. (including at airports). This brochure is not intended as legal advice.