Know your rights

Brushing up on civics can keep you out of jail

While most Americans are vaguely aware of something called the Fourth Amendment, many have no idea how to practically apply it when dealing with law enforcement, which can lead to unnecessary arrests and law-enforcement officials abusing their power. Last week, Online Paralegal Programs released a convenient flow chart to help citizens understand their rights during an encounter with the law. “Most avoidable arrests occur from trickery and intimidation, which result in the individual consenting to a search or admitting guilt,” reads part of the text, which also advises that you can legally film or make audio recordings of such an encounter.