Know Your Rights

If you are stopped or arrested by the Police:

  • Ask if you are free to go
  • If you are NOT free to go, you should truthfully identify yourself (provide a license if driving - if you don't have a license you still must truthfully identify yourself)
  • You have the right to remain SILENT and not answer questions
  • You have the right to speak with a lawyer
  • You don't have to agree to a search of your person, property or vehicle
  • Do NOT interfere with a search even if you didn't agree to it

What do I say?

  • Am I free to go?
  • I want to remain silent.
  • I want to speak with a lawyer.
  • I do not agree to any search.

Know your Rights and Remember if you have contact with the Police:

  • Remain Calm
  • Be Respectful
  • Stop if told to Stop
  • Don't argue or negotiate
  • Don't touch an Officer and don't run from an Officer

Presented by the ACLU



 Know Your Rights Video

 Know Your Rights Card

 Know Your Rights Card (Spanish)




In this video, comedian Elon James White talks about what to do if you’re stopped by the police. His video is based on the ACLU’s know-your-rights card, What to Do if You’re Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI” — check it out for more information about your rights during law enforcement encounters.