Your Rights Don't Disappear When You're In Handcuffs
You have the right to remain SILENT. You’ve probably heard that before, but that’s because it’s true, and it’s YOUR RIGHT. You can make a request to speak with your lawyer and not say anything else. This is just one of the important things to remember if you’re getting arrested.
Anything you say to the police WILL be used AGAINST you. So, it’s better to say nothing than give incorrect information or possibly incriminate yourself, even if you didn’t do anything wrong. You have the right to a local phone call, and police shouldn’t be listening in on your conversation.
The ACLU warns: “Do not resist arrest, even if you believe the arrest is unfair. Follow the officers’ commands.” If you’re being violated: “Write down everything you remember, including officers’ badge and patrol car numbers, which agency the officers were from, and any other details.”
When you can, you have the right to make a complaint to the appropriate authorities with the agency that placed you under arrest. Remember to try to retain as much information as you can, including the numbers of friends and relatives in case you end up in a jail cell!
Have discussions with your family and friends about what to do if you’re arrested. You don’t have to wait until it actually happens - and trust, it can happen to ANY of us.
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