Know Your Rights


Basic rights under the U.S. Constitution protect everyone living in the U.S. – including undocumented immigrants. Please remember you have the following rights if you have an encounter with law enforcement or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers:

Remain silent.  You may refuse to speak to officers, including answering questions about where you were born or how you entered the U.S.  It is easier for an attorney to defend you if you have invoked your right to remain silent.

  • Not open your door.  Only open if officers have a warrant signed by a judge with your name and address.  The officers can slide it under the door for you to take your time to review it.
  • To refuse a voluntary search of your car.  
  • To speak to an attorney, and have your attorney with you when answering questions from officers.
  • To have attorney with you before you sign any documents.  You may refuse to sign documents, and should do so unless you are absolutely sure you know what you are signing and the potential consequences of signing.

Carry immigration documents – such as a work permit or green card – with you.  You should also carry a “know your rights” card to show to an officer if you are stopped.  Our office has these available free of charge.

In addition to their wealth of experience in immigration law, Johnson Knudson’s attorneys are caring individuals who can explain your rights and offer solutions. Call our office today.