You do not have to answer their questions. But you can if you want to.

If you decide to answer the officer’s questions, tell the truth! Make sure any information you give them (names, addresses, things you saw, etc.) is correct.

Important! It can be a crime to lie to the police or to give them a false ID or false name. If you are undocumented and you are arrested, you can end up in deportation proceedings. Stay calm with the police. Do not run. Do not lie. Tell them you want a lawyer or someone with you, or ask if you can come by the station later to answer questions.

The police need help from people in the community to find and arrest criminals. You may have important information that can help them.


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