Thursday, August 18, 2011

Got Rights?

Courtesy of the Muslim Advocates:

"Watch This Video: It will give you crucial Information about how to protect you and your family when approached by law enforcement.

Since the terrorist attacks of 9-11, Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs and South Asians have endured particular scrutiny by law enforcement -- and in some cases, questioning and searches that infringe fundamental rights at the core of the Constitution. In this climate, it is vital that members of our communities inform themselves about our rights as Americans."

You may think...
"I've done nothing wrong. I've got nothing to hide. I want to help law enforcement."

You should know...
• Seeking the advice of counsel before you talk to law enforcement is the smart thing to do.

• Speaking to law enforcement without an attorney present or advice of counsel--however well intentioned--places you and your family at great risk of criminal prosecution or adverse
immigration consequences (including deportation). (In fact, in at least one recent case, individuals were arrested and jailed on charges--such as alleged immigration violations--completely unrelated to cases agents were investigating.)

• There is no legal obligation to speak to law enforcement officials. You are only required to provide identification to law enforcement officials if asked, and immigrants are required to carry proof of immigration status at all times. Declining to speak cannot be presumed as guilt.

• Any statements made during contact with law enforcement can be used against you at a later time. Lying to a federal officer, even by omission, is a crime.

1 comment:

  1. This was very informative. I personally had a similar encounter at the airport last year...