Know Your Rights: Guidance from a Providence Immigration Lawyer on Police or ICE Encounters

by Saikon Gbehan Isijola, Esq

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What to Do If Stopped by Police

If stopped by the police, remember you have certain rights. First and foremost, you have the right to remain silent. You are not required to disclose your immigration status or personal information. Politely say, “I choose to remain silent.” If asked to consent to a search, you have the right to refuse unless the officer has a warrant. Always stay calm and avoid physical confrontation. If possible, document the encounter discreetly and note the officer’s badge number and patrol car details.

What to Do If Arrested or Detained

Being arrested or detained is a more serious scenario. If this happens, immediately ask for a lawyer and refrain from signing any documents or making statements without an attorney. We also recommend having a lawyer’s contact information on hand. Inform your family about your situation and ensure they know who to contact for legal assistance. Remember, having legal representation is your right and key to navigating these complex situations.

What to Do If Approached at Home by ICE

If ICE or the police show up at your home, do not open the door unless they have a valid warrant signed by a judge. Ask them to slide the warrant under the door or hold it up to a window for inspection. A valid warrant must specify your name and address. If they don’t have a warrant, you may refuse entry. Again, you have the right to remain silent and should not sign anything without consulting a lawyer.

General Tips for All Encounters

Regardless of the situation – whether you’re stopped, detained, or facing ICE at your doorstep – staying informed about your rights is crucial. Always carry identification and any immigration documents you have. However, do not carry false documents or lie about your status. Prepare a plan for you and your family, including emergency contacts and legal representation.

Trusted Legal Counsel for Immigrants in Providence, RI

Encounters with law enforcement or ICE can be stressful, but knowing your rights makes a significant difference. If you find yourself in any of these situations, or if you want to learn more about your rights, don’t hesitate to contact a Providence Immigration Lawyer. Call the Law Office of Saikon Gbehan today at (401) 228-0001 for the guidance and representation you need to ensure your rights are protected.

To schedule an initial consultation with us today, don’t hesitate to  call us now at (401) 228-0001.


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