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If you are arrested....

If You Are Arrested

(1) Whether or not you are guilty, go with the officer. You can make your defense in court.

(2) You have the right to remain silent-- use it. Tell the police nothing except your name, age, and address. Don't give explanations, excuses, or stories.

(3) Ask to talk to a lawyer at once. You can do so by phone right after being taken into custody. If you are arrested for a jailable offense and you can't afford to pay for a lawyer, you have the right to a free one. Don't talk to the police until your lawyer is present.

(4) If the police say they have a warrant, ask to see it. Whether or not the police have a warrant to search you or your property, you can protect yourself by making it clear that you do not agree to any search. Do not physically resist.

(5) The police must give you a receipt for everything taken from you, including your wallet and its contents, clothes, and any packages you were carrying when arrested.

(6) You may be released with or without bail following booking. If not, you have the right to go into court and see a judge the next court day after arrest. Demand this right. When you appear before the judge, ask for an attorney.

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