As you probably know, immigration is a hot button issue in America, particularly down here in Texas. As a state with many immigrants, we feel that it’s important to make sure everyone understands that, citizen or not, this country does believe in unalienable human rights, so be sure to know what rights you have! As an immigrant, the level of your rights during an arrest will vary according to which organization arrests you, and under what circumstances. For example, if you are arrested at home or work, you have more rights than if you are picked up at the airport or the border by ICE.
Here are some basic guideline to follow:
- Remain calm. First and foremost, staying calm will help you keep your thoughts and priorities in line. Don’t panic.
- Immediately ask to speak to a lawyer and claim your right to remain silent.
- Do not answer any questions until you have spoken with a lawyer.
- Do NOT sign anything. You are not required to sign any documents if you are arrested, so don’t sign anything unless advised by your lawyer.
- Ask your lawyer about immigration bail bond options.
An immigration bail bond can help you or a loved one get out of jail before a court date. That time can be used to gather any necessary information you need to present your case in court. While these bonds are not always an option, be sure to discuss it with your lawyer.