What to Do in Special Situations
Below is a list of special circumstances involving police, immigration agents, or the FBI.
Click “More information” for a more detailed description about your rights and responsibilities (how to act, what to do) in any of them.
You are Questioned About Your Immigration Status
You have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizenship status. Do not lie about your citizenship status or provide fake documents.
You are Stopped in Your Car
Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible, show police your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. Both drivers and passengers have the right to remain silent.
You Feel Your Rights Have Been Violated
Remember: police misconduct cannot be challenged on the street. Don’t physically resist officers or threaten to file a complaint. File a written complaint afterwards.