The immigration attorneys at Bechert & Associates understand that living in the united states brings many benefits and opportunities for individuals of all nationalities. That is why our law firm works hard to provide our clients with the appropriate immigration strategies to reach their goals. check out these tips for interacting with police and understanding your rights.

Know your rights! What to do if you’re questioned or detained by an immigration official.

Stay calm. Don’t run. Don’t argue, resist or obstruct the police even if you are innocent or police are violating your rights. Keep your hands where police can see them. Ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, calmly and silently walk away. If you are under arrest, you have a right to know why.

You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings, but police may “pat down” your clothing if they suspect a weapon. You should not physically resist, but you have the right to refuse consent for any further search. If you do consent it can affect you later in court.

You have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizenship status with the police, immigration agents or any other officials. you do not have to answer questions about where you were born, whether you are a U.S. citizen, or how you entered the country. (separate rules apply at international borders and airports and for individuals on certain immigrant visas, including tourists and business travelers.)

If you are not a U.S. citizen and an immigration agent requests your immigration papers, you must show them if you have them with you. If you are over 18, carry your immigration papers with you at all times. If you do not have immigration papers, say you want to remain silent.