Texas CHL - Knowing Your Rights
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What to do if You're Stopped by the Police:
Police abuse is very rare, but you need to know your rights and how to properly exercise them. There are some things you should do, some things you must do and some things you cannot do. If you are in the middle of a police encounter, you need a handy and quick reference to remind you what your rights and obligations are.
You may print this page and carry it in your wallet, pocket, or glove compartment to give you quick access to your rights and obligations concerning police encounters.
Remember, one of the best things you can do to prevent the rare chance of abuse is to seek out and get to know the officers in your community, both professionally and socially. They are more interested in protecting the community they serve than harassing it, and a close working relationship with your local law enforcement has benefits both individually and as a whole for your community.
- Think carefully, about your words, movement, body language, and emotions.
- Don't get into an argument with the police.
- Remember, anything you say or do can be used against you.
- Keep your hands where the police can see them.
- Don't run. Don't touch any police officer.
- Do NOT resist even if you believe you are innocent.
- Don't complain on the scene or tell the police they're wrong or that you're going to file a complaint.
- Do not make any statements regarding the incident. Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest if you are placed into custody.
- Remember officers' name, badge and patrol car numbers.
- Write down everything you remember ASAP.
- Try to find witnesses and their names and phone numbers.
- If you are injured, take photographs of the injuries as soon as possible, but make sure you seek medical attention first.
- If you feel your rights have been violated, file a written complaint with police department's internal affairs division or civilian complaint board.