Regardless of your immigration status, you have guaranteed rights under the Constitution. Learn more about your rights as an immigrant and how to express them.
- 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.
- Regardless of your citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.
- You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
- You have the right to record police actions as long as you do not interfere with their activities and are not breaking any other law.
REDUCING YOUR RISK IF STOPPED
You are not responsible for de-escalating police.
- Do stay calm.
- Do keep your hands where police can see them.
- Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
- Do not lie or give false documents.
- Do prepare yourself and your family.
- Do remember the details.
- Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated.
This information is not intended as legal advice.
Police are supposed to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. This card provides tips for interacting with police and understanding your rights. Note: Some state laws may vary. Separate rules apply at checkpoints and when entering the U.S. (including at airports).