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The following advice, from the New York Civil Liberties Union, an organization dedicated to defending and preserving individual rights and liberties.

The information here is also available from the NYCLU as a card for you to carry. This card tells you what to do if you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or injured in your encounter with the police, and how to file a complaint.


▪You have the right to remain silent and the right to talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police. Don’t tell the police anything except your name and address. Don’t give any explanations, excuses or stories. You can make your defense later, in court, based on what you and your lawyer decide is best.

 ▪If you have a lawyer, ask to see your lawyer immediately. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you have the right to a free one once your case goes to court. You can ask the police how to contact a lawyer. Don’t say anything to police without speaking to a lawyer first.

▪Within a reasonable time after your arrest or booking, you should ask the police to contact a family member or friend. If you are permitted to make a phone call, anything you say at the precinct may be recorded or listened to. Never talk about the facts of your case over the telephone.

▪Do not make any decisions in your case or sign any statements until you have talked with a lawyer.

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