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Know Your Rights

It is Important to Know Your Rights and Think First about the Law Before You Speak or Act

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, police abuse continues to be a major civil rights problem in the United States, particularly against the poor and disenfranchised.

Today's conservative courts generally support broad police powers at the expense of individual civil rights.

Fairfield, Vallejo and other Solano County law enforcement are no exception. Illegal DUI stops and arrests happen here, and police statements and "advice" are often misleading. Get smart and learn your rights, so that you don't wind up on our Solano DUI lawyer Darwin DUI Awards!

You May Wish to Read the Following Internet Publications which Discuss Your Rights During DUI and Other Police Encounters

Police Confrontations:

State Bar of California, What Should I Know if I am Arrested?

Northern California ACLU, Your Rights and the Police (foldable)

National ACLU, Know Your Rights when Encountering Law Enforcement

National Lawyers Guild, Know Your Rights Pamplet, and Know Your Rights Manual

Midnight Special Law Collective, Dealing with Police

Special Situations:

Demonstrations: National ACLU, Know Your Rights - Free Speech, Protests, and Demonstrations in California

Immigrant Rights: Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Usted Tiene Derechos Constitucionales / Know Your Rights Red Card; and Northern California ACLU, Tus Derechos Ante La Policia / Your Rights and the Police

LGBTQ Student Rights: Northern California ACLU, LGBTQ Students Know Your Rights: You Have the Right to be Yourself

Photographers: National ACLU, Know Your Rights: Photographers

Student Rights: National ACLU, Speech, Walkouts and Other Protests

Access more resources:

For more videos like these shown here (left), which may be applicable in Solano County DUI arrest situations and all other kinds of Fairfield, Vallejo and other Solano County police encounters, visit

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Also view the additional page links (upper left) on this Know Your Rights page: Bust Card offers generalized considerations for Vallejo and Fairfield DUI police stops, and Excessive Force & Police Abuse discusses local Solano County efforts to address police abuse during DUI arrests and all other kinds of police encounters, and lists all available local police agency complaint forms, and provides a continuing source of national police misconduct news stories.

In addition, on this Solano County DUI site Jake lists internet links for a wide array of civil rights organizations, as well as websites for every single Solano County law enforcement agency. To view these "Agencies" links (and lots more access to the law and law enforcement), click on Resources and then select a category.

Consult a Solano County DUI lawyer for legal advice:

Note any publication dates on the above materials and understand that laws change, and in addition your circumstances may require different considerations. None of this information is legal advice because it isn't individually directed or tailored to you; always consult with a Vallejo or Fairfield DUI attorney, or other applicable professionals, about your unique situation.


Any result portrayed was dependent on the facts of that case, and the results will differ if based on different facts.

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Dave Jake Schwartz is an Honors Graduate from UC Hastings Law School, and UC Davis, former Federal Judicial Clerk, and Nationally Qualified Sobriety Tests Practitioner. Member of the California Bar for 30 years, North Bay resident for over 20 years, handles only DUI cases, including thousands of North Bay DUIs and DMV hearings: first/multiple offenders, minors, seniors, tourists, undocumented immigrants, veterans, probation violations, suspended license, public intoxication, open container, minor in possession, child endangerment, collisions, hit and run, evading, resisting arrest.

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