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Your Rights When Arrested

Too many people give up their rights when dealing with police. The Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene has this nice reminder on the back of their business cards.
If I am under arrest, please tell me. If I am not under arrest, I wish to freely go on my way. In either case, I refuse to consent to any search of my person, my effects and my property, my premises or the location of my arrest.

I wish to remain silent and demand to have my attorney present during any questioning, lineup or search.

If you ignore my exercise of these rights or attempt to obtain a waiver of such rights, then I want to talk to my attorney before any conversation with any law enforcement agent, especially concerning the subject of waiver. I exercise these rights as guaranteed under the constitution of the United States and the State of Oregon.