Civil Rights Guide

Below is a quick guide on the Do's and Don'ts of interacting with police while exercising your rights as a citizen of the fine state of San Andreas. `

If you are stopped for questioning, DO...
  • DO ask “Am I free to go?” If they say ‘yes,’ leave calmly. If they say ‘no,’ DO ask to know why by saying, “Can you tell me why you are stopping me?”

  • The Police however are not required to inform you of why you are being temporarily detained.

  • DO exercise your right to remain silent. Say “I want to remain silent.” You cannot be arrested or detained for refusing to answer questions. But it can look suspicious to the police if you answer questions and then suddenly stop. Make it your practice to always remain silent.

  • DO make sure the officer knows you do not agree to be searched (they might search you anyway, but make your opposition known). Say “I do not consent to a search.”
     

If you are stopped for questioning, DON’T...
  • DON’T disrespect a police officer. Although you have a constitutional right to do so, it could lead to your arrest.

  • DON’T run away or physically resist a “pat-down” or search. Say “I do not consent to a search.”

  • DON’T lie. Tell the police you don’t want to talk to them. Say “I want to remain silent.”

  • DON’T forget that police are legally allowed to lie, intimidate, and bluff.
     

If you are stopped in your car, DO...
  • DO show your license, registration, and proof of insurance when asked, if you were driving.

  • DO say “I do not consent to a search.” if you do not.

  • DO turn the vehicle engine off when asked

  • DO take the DUI test, unless you are willing to risk your license being suspended.

  • DO ask if you can park your car in a safe place or have a licensed driver take it away, if you are arrested, to avoid towing or impoundment fees.
     

If you are stopped in your car, DON’T...
  • DON’T physically resist a search. Say “I do not consent to a search.”

  • DON’T disrespect the officer. Although you have a constitutional right to do so, it could lead to your arrest.

  • DON’T attempt to bribe the police.

  • DON’T flee the officer, doing so will result in increased fines and jail time.
     

If you are arrested or taken to a police station, DO...
  • DO tell the police your name and basic identifying information. But nothing else.

  • DO say “I want to remain silent” and “I want to talk to a lawyer.” They should stop questioning you after that. (Until an attempt to locate a lawyer is made)

  • DO ask what the probable cause for your arrest is. They do NOT have to inform you of all charges, but they must provide at least probable cause for the arrest itself.

  • DO consider what information you may have that the Police would find valuable. Often they will reduce charges in exchange for information on a larger crime.

Department

Of Justice