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Your Rights – Know the Law!

Mel Dowdell June 21, 2020

Knowing the law is your responsibility. Following are the basic things you need to know.

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1. Constitutional / 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 talk to an attorney and have him/her present while you are questioned.
  • If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you at no cost.
2. Authority of Police

  • Police may use reasonable force to make an arrest or detain someone.
  • Police can ask you for permission to search you or your property. Under certain circumstances, police can perform a warrant-less search even if you do not give permission.
  • Police can seize your property as evidence.
  • If they have reasonable suspicion that you have a weapon, they can search you.
3. Filing a Complaint

  • If you do not agree with the police stop, file a complaint.
  • Keep track of all pertinent information about the stop.
  • Ask for the officer’s name and identification.
  • Ask for the officer's business card.
  • Complaint and commendation forms are available at the precincts.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this course not intended to be consider legal advice. Please consult an attorney for legal advice.