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Your rights with police and FBI

What are your basic rights when interacting with law enforcement?

What are your basic rights? 

  • When stopped by a police officer, you have the right to remain silent. If you do not want to speak with the officer and wish to remain silent, tell the officer. 

  • You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings. You have the right to say no if asked. 

Your rights when the FBI or Immigration Agents show up at your house 

  • You have the right to refuse entry to your home unless they show a signed warrant by a judge. 

    • A signed warrant by a judge is an official court document. 

  • You have the right to say, “I do not consent to you entering my home.” 

  • You have the right not to speak to these agents without a lawyer present. Tell them you do not wish to speak to them without a lawyer present. 

  • You do not have to speak to an immigration agent, hand over documents, or consent to a search. 

Where to call if you experience discrimination when interacting with law enforcement

  • Seattle Police- Office of Police Accountability*:  (206) 684-8797 

  • King County Sheriff’s Office:  (206) 263-2525 

  • King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO):  (206) 263-8870 

  • Department of Justice Main Switchboard:  (202) 514-2000 

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