YOUR RIGHTS IF POLICE QUESTION YOU ABOUT YOUR ABORTION

  • If you are questioned by the police, you have the right not to talk to the police or answer their questions.

  • If the police arrest you, you have the right not to talk to the police or answer their questions.

  • You have the right to a lawyer. If you cannot afford to pay a lawyer, you have the right to have one appointed for you. 

  • If you have been questioned by the police or arrested because of your abortion, contact us. We will do our best to help you find a lawyer. If you already have a lawyer, we may be able to work with your lawyer to help defend you.

Do I Have to Let the Police Search Me or My Home?

  • Most of the time, the police cannot search you or your home without a warrant. You can refuse a search if the police do not have a warrant. 

  • Police can search without a warrant, even if you refuse, if:

    • they can see evidence of a crime without entering your home

    • you are arrested  - in that case, police are allowed to search your person and the nearby area  during or right after the arrest

    • the police believe someone is in immediate danger or a crime is happening

    • if they think there is evidence in a car during a traffic stop

Can I Record the Police?

  • Yes, it is legal to openly record police while they are working, as long as you are not preventing them from doing their job.

  • Some states do make it a crime to secretly record anyone (including police) without their permission.

  • Sometimes, police may not know the law, and tell you to stop recording or they may try to take your device.

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2019 If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice