In using your weapons of mass protection, you need to first understand them. Below are important rights to be aware of when coming into contact with the police. It is vital to remember that while you have guaranteed rights, you have to exercise those rights or risk losing them.
- Freedom of Speech: you can say what you want.
- Freedom of Assembly: you can protest if you want.
- Right to Bear Arms: you have the right to own a gun (exceptions apply)
“Show me the Warrant!”
- This is your shield against unreasonable searches and seizures. A search or seizure can range from police officer frisks to blood draw demands to search of your home. This amendment also imposes limitation on police investigation and prevents the use of illegally obtained evidence at trial.
- While “warrantless searches” are presumed to be unreasonable, a search based on your consent is allowed. In other words, don’t consent to searches.
5th Amendment – “I plea the 5th.”
- You cannot be forced by police to reveal incriminating information that may be used against you in court.
6th Amendment – “Lawyer Up!”
- You have the right to counsel and the right to be told of such upon arrest (also known as Miranda warnings).