Colorado Rights Blog

Know Your Rights When Encountering Law Enforcement

Encounters with police can be stressful and confusing.  Knowing what your rights are when dealing with law enforcement can help prepare you for such situations and reduce your confusion. Take time to educate yourself on what your rights are when dealing with law enforcement and be better able to protect your freedoms.

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View and download our official guide for encountering law enforcement in Colorado. 





Information for specific situations

KYR web law eff buttonFind out what your rights are during searches and arrests, stops by police, and when being questioned by law enforcement.



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Do you have to show police officers your immigration documents? What should you do if there is an immigration raid where you work? Find information for non-citizens who encounter law enforcement here.


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What should you do if you’re selected for screening because you’re wearing a religious head covering? What do you do if you think you’re on a “no-fly” list? Answers to questions about airport security can be found here. 


KYR web religious buttonCan you give to a charity without becoming a terrorist suspect? Is it safe to practice your religion in public places? Find out in this section.


Flex Your Rights has created a thorough and informative short film on how to handle encounters with law enforcement. Check out “10 Rules for Dealing with Police” below: