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Understand 4 constitutional rights as an immigrant 

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2024 | Criminal Defense

As an immigrant, you have certain protected rights under the U.S. Constitution. One such right is your freedom of religion and speech. 

You can protect yourself from criminal charges and deportation by understanding and exercising your rights. For example, you may need to use your rights if you are stopped by the police while driving. Here are a few amendments you should know

1. Your right to record the police 

Under the First Amendment, you have the right to record the police only if it does not interfere or obstruct their duties. Why does this benefit you? If the police abuse their power, you could use a recording as evidence in court. 

2. Your right against unreasonable searches

The police may ask to search your vehicle during a traffic stop. Under the Fourth Amendment, you are protected from unreasonable searches. This means the police can not search your vehicle unless they gain your permission, obtain a warrant, make a lawful arrest or have probable cause. 

3. Your right to remain silent

While you have freedom of speech, you also have the right to remain silent if the police ask you questions under the Fifth Amendment. The police may ask questions to gather evidence. If you answer these questions, you could make self-incriminating comments. To politely refuse to answer any questions, you can plead the Fifth. 

4. Your right to legal aid 

If you are arrested, then it is important to understand the Sixth Amendment. Under this amendment, you can seek legal guidance to help you build a defense strategy. A defense strategy could protect you from severe criminal charges and deportation.