Your Legal Rights

CIEE Camp Exchange USA participants have the same legal rights as U.S. citizens if accused of a crime:

  • You have the right to know the crime you are being charged with.
  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • You have the right to refuse to answer any questions.
  • No person accused of a crime may be forced to confess or give evidence against themselves.
  • You have the right not to be searched unless the police officer has a warrant.
  • You have the right to be represented by a lawyer and to be provided with a lawyer if you cannot afford to hire one.
  • You have the right to be released from jail upon posting a bail bond (money paid to ensure that the accused person reports for trial).
  • You have the right to a fair trial conducted according to all the rules of evidence and court procedure.

Please note: In the U.S., you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. You do not have to prove your innocence; rather, the prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

What to Do If You Are Arrested

It is important to cooperate with police officers and be respectful at all times. Never attempt to flee, resist, or argue with the police. If you are arrested, call CIEE as soon as possible: 1-888-268-6245. If you are not allowed a call, request that your legal counsel contact CIEE on your behalf. 

Let us know the name and contact information of the jail where you are being held, what the charges are against you, and the date of your court hearing. CIEE will then be in contact with your camp, your international representative, and other parties as necessary. Depending on the situation, this may include your family and/or your embassy.

If you are arrested, the following may happen:

  • You may fill out paperwork.
  • You could be charged with a crime and fingerprinted.
  • You could be held in jail until bail is posted.
  • You could see a court judge who hears preliminary details and either drops the charges against you or sets a court date within the following 30 days. Sometimes court dates can be set sooner, especially if you remind the judge that you are only legally able to stay in the U.S. until your expected date of departure (program end date).
  • Depending on the severity of the charge(s), you may have to stay in the area in order to attend your court date.

If You Are Found Guilty of a Crime

 Possible penalties include:

  • Monetary fine
  • Community service
  • Jail time
  • Deportation

Breaking a U.S. law or being arrested may result in the end of your camp placement as well as your CIEE Camp Exchange USA program. It is important to follow our safety tips and it is imperative that you abide by all U.S. and local laws while you are on the program.

If you have questions or issues, please contact CIEE immediately.