Lesson 7 of 8
Your Rights – Know the Law!
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.