Questions About Your Rights?


A Big Day in Flex Your Rights History

It was 10 years ago today that Flex Your Rights was born. On July 12, 2002, Steve Silverman filed articles of incorporation in Washington, DC, making the organization official. I’m not sure what I expected when I showed up to volunteer a year later, but what I found was just Steve. He was broke and […]


What is probable cause?

Consenting to a search request automatically makes the search legal in the eyes of the law. And the 4th Amendment doesn’t require officers to tell you about your right to refuse. … Continued

Success Stories

Refusing a Search in Nebraska

Then the officer asked if he had any illegal drugs or weapons in the car, and my friend told him that he did not. The officer asked to search the vehicle and my friend told him, no, because it had already been 45 minutes since he first stopped him. … Continued

Success Stories

Trying to Return Stolen Property

I appreciate that police procedure requires you to find out more information, but I do not want to answer any questions or fill out any forms. Is there anything else, or am I free to go now?” The surprised officer backed off, and responded, “Yes, of course! That’s totally fine. Thanks for turning this stuff in.” … Continued

Success Stories

Flexing Your Rights During a Medical Emergency

I think the only things I said (and repeated) were “I do not consent to a search”, “Are we free to go to the hospital now?” and “I think I need to contact my lawyer.” When I said “lawyer” the cop backed off. But I just couldn’t believe how astounded he was that I refused the search. … Continued


When can police search your car?

Police may ask you a series of questions. They will probably include something like, “You don’t mind if I have a look in your car?” Beware of that question: It’s the legal loophole that the officer wants to snare you in. … Continued


How do I report police misconduct?

If you feel that police have violated your rights, or you’ve witnessed misconduct against someone else, do not panic. It’s normal to feel intimidated, but responding to misconduct is an essential step towards protecting yourself and your community from future police abuse. … Continued