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What to Do if Questioned by Law Enforcement

What to Do if Questioned by Law Enforcement

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Read all papers fully. If you do not understand or cannotread the papers, tell the officer you need an interpreter.
You have the right to a lawyer
, but the governmentdoes not have to provide one for you. If you do not havea lawyer, ask for a list of free or low-cost legal services.You have the right to
contact your consulate
or have anofficer inform the consulate of your arrest.
Tell the ICE agent you wish to remain silent.
Do not discussyour immigration status with anyone but your lawyer.
Do not sign anything
, such as a voluntary departure orstipulated removal, without talking to a lawyer. If you sign,you may be giving up your opportunity to try to stay in theU.S.
 Remember your immigration number (“A” number) andgive it to your family.
It will help family members locateyou.
Keep a copy of your immigration documents with some-one you trust.IF YOU FEEL YOUR RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED
Remember: police misconduct cannot be challenged onthe street.
Don’t physically resist officers or threaten to filea complaint.
Write down everything you remember
, including officers’badge and patrol car numbers, which agency the officerswere from, and any other details. Get contact informationfor witnesses. If you are injured, take photographs of yourinjuries (but seek medical attention first).
File a written complaint
with the agency’s internal affairsdivision or civilian complaint board. In most cases, you canfile a complaint anonymously if you wish.
Contact the ACLU of Southern California
at213.977.9500 or
What to Do If Questioned byPolice, FBI,CustomsAgents orImmigrationOfficers
1313 W. 8th StreetLos Angeles, CA 90017213-977-9500www.aclu-sc.org
The ACLU of Southern California is one of the oldest, largest and most progressiveACLU affiliates in the nation. Founded in1923, we’ve never wavered in pursuingliberty, equal rights and economic justicefor all.
Become an ACLU member TODAY!MY RIGHTS CARDI am giving you this card because I donot wish to speak to you or have anyfurther contact with you. I choose toexercise my right to remain silent andto refuse to answer your questions. If you arrest me. I will continue toexercise my right to remain silent andto refuse to answer your questions. Iwant to speak with a lawyer beforeanswering your questions.

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