Georgia

Encounters with Police

Know Your Rights

  • Getting Uncle Sam to Enforce Your Civil Rights

    This resource describes where and when to file your complaint if you believe that you have been discriminated against and want to file a complaint with the Federal Government. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Protestor Abuse or Freedom of Speech Violation Form

    Use this web site to report violations of your freedom of speech or incidents of protestor abuse. All reports are confidential. Report only "first-party" events -- happenings which you, personally, have participated in or have witnessed. Submission of this form does not guarantee that you will be contacted by the ACLU of GA. It is possible that you may receive a request to use the information you have provided for one or more of the following purposes: (1) legislative testimony; (2) litigation; or (3) telling your story to the media. Content Detail

    By:
    American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
  • Your Rights and the Police

    This document explains your basic rights if you are stopped by the police, you rights if you are stopped in your car, and your rights during an arrest. Read More

    By:
    American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
  • Results of Illegal Searches and Seizures

    This document discusses what happens when evidence is uncovered and seized by the police illegally: (1) the evidence can be excluded from the criminal trial, and (2) the police can be sued in a civil case for the harm they've caused. The document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Rights During Police Searches

    This document is an excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). This document describes: (1) Your rights against illegal searches and seizures, (2) The requirements for a search warrant, (3) The exceptions to the search warrant requirement, (4) Rules that apply when the police can do searches even though they don't have a suspicion that a crime has occurred, and (5) Rules on wiretapping (electronic eavesdropping). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Rules on Search and Seizure

    What can police search, and when? This area of criminal investigation is extremely important, and the law sets up rules and governs what can be introduced at trial. This web site contains more information about these rules. Content Detail

    By:
    American Bar Association
  • Rights During Arrest

    This document is an excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). This document discusses your Constitutional rights when you are arrested by the police, including: (1) What the police officers must do to get an arrest warrant, (2) Arrests that may be made when the police do not have a warrant, (3) Citizens' arrests, and (4) Your right to have the police tell you what your rights are when you are arrested ( the "Miranda Warnings"). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • The Police and Your Rights

    The U. S. Constitution and the law of all states guarantee criminal defendants certain rights. These rights affect how criminal cases are investigated. See the section on search and seizure for more on that aspect of investigations. Content Detail

    By:
    American Bar Association
  • What to Do if You Are Arrested or Detained by Immigration Officials

    This pamphlet describes what you should do if you are arrested or detained by immigration officials. Content Detail

    By:
    National Immigration Law Center
    Read this in:
    Chinese / 中文
  • When Someone with Mental Illness is Arrested in Georgia

    This handbook is designed for anyone who wants information about helping a person with mental illness who is arrested in Georgia. Although there are general procedures within the criminal justice system that apply everywhere in the state, there are many facets of the justice system that vary from county to county. Furthermore, in some areas ( ie, Atlanta, Decatur, Savannah) there may be city systems as well. It can be very confusing, especially to someone who has never been involved with the criminal justice system before. The purpose of this handbook is to allow you to ask the right questions to get the information you need, should allow you to help bring the information you have to the attention of the court system to bring about a better resolution to the criminal case. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Mental Health Advocacy Division