Know Your Rights!

Many of us feel nervous or intimidated when confronted by the police and rightly so! According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “Police abuse continues to be a major civil liberties problem in the U.S., particularly in poor communities and communities of color.”

While most law enforcement officers are decent and honest public servants, there remain a few who are corrupt and abusive. In order to protect your civil rights from being trampled and to maximize your chances of winning your case, we have compiled a list of ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have been arrested you need to contact an experienced Sacramento criminal attorney today.


  1. Do not make any statements. Invoke your right to remain silent
  2. Immediately ask for a lawyer.

DO NOT allow the police to search your car. If they are asking you to consent to a search they probably do not have the right to look without your consent. Police

Under what circumstances can the police arrest you? Anytime there is a “probable cause” to believe that you are committing or have committed a crime. The police have a probable cause when there are enough facts to lead a reasonable person to conclude that you are committing or have committed a crime. This is a considerably higher standard than the mere “suspicion” an officer needs in order to stop you briefly to investigate possible criminal activity.

Can a police officer make an arrest without a warrant? Sometimes. The officer doesn’t need a warrant to arrest you if you commit a crime in his or her presence, for instance. A warrant also isn’t necessary if the officer has probable cause to believe that you committed a felony, even though it was not committed in his or her presence. Otherwise, the officer generally needs a warrant to make an arrest.

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, contact Sacramento criminal attorney Richard A. Chan Jr. for free consultation about your criminal or DUI defense case now. Call (916) 446-4400 today.