Colorado State University

Note:

We cannot respond to requests for legal assistance made by e-mail or by the web form on our contact page. If you, as a CSU student, are in need of legal information or assistance, please bring your student ID to Room 284 of the Lory Student Center to make an appointment.

Dealing with the Police

When dealing with the police, you have Constitutional rights:
  • Opening your Door. While it is often a good idea to answer the door, American citizens are NEVER required to open their front door for ANYONE. You do not have to answer your door any more than you have to answer your telephone.
  • The Right to Remain Silent. You do not have to answer any questions by the police. Do not talk without a lawyer. If questioned, say, "I'm sorry officer, I'd rather not answer any questions. I would like to see a lawyer." If the police continue to question you, keep repeating these two sentences. It is the job of police officers to get information, and police are legally allowed to lie when they are investigating. Don't be manipulated. Repeat, "I'm sorry officer, I'd rather not answer any questions. I would like to see a lawyer."
  • The right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. You do not have to give permission for the police to come into your house without a warrant authorized by a judge. Never consent to a search. If police try to search your home, car, or personal property, say "I do not consent to this search." If the police illegally search, you may be able to keep the evidence out of court. See an attorney for more information. Do not physically resist a search, but continue to say "I do not consent to this search."
  • Signing documents. With the exception of a ticket or summons, you do not have to sign any document without a lawyer with you. When an officer writes you a ticket or summons, you must sign it as your promise to appear, or be taken straight to jail.
  • Immigration status. You do not have to answer questions about your immigration status.
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