As an American, it is fun to travel abroad, and you may be more eager than ever to venture outside the US for vacation or even business purposes. Your goal may be to relax in one spot or to be adventurous traveling from country to country. You might also be coordinating all your travel on your own or with the help of a travel agent. Either way when you encounter law enforcement on the other side of the border, it is important to know what your legal rights are on foreign soil, so it doesn’t spoil your trip.
Before You Go: Understand the Laws Where You Are Traveling
Before you travel to a foreign country, it is important to take the time to do your research about their laws. Depending on the type of government they have, you could have more rights available to you in one country than another. This is especially true for those who travel through Europe and Asia, visiting multiple countries on you visit. Searching online can be confusing so you may want to enlist the help of a travel agent or attorney that understands common issues that can occur outside the US and help you prepare in case something was to occur.
What To Do If Something Happens: The American Embassy & Your Attorney are There to Help
Many countries do not recognize your freedoms and Bill of Rights while you are traveling to their country. Your Bill of Rights gives you liberties such as the freedom of speech, right to bear arms, right of religion, or search and seizure. Many foreign countries will reserve the right to search you at any time without cause, unlike the US. Not all foreign countries are the same. Some countries have a level of respect and tolerance for American laws. If you are in a country that has an American Embassy, you can request to speak with the Ambassador and see about getting relief if you are arrested or held as a prisoner.
If you do find yourself in an undesirable situation in a foreign country and need assistance, it is critical to contact your legal counsel, and this is one of those situations where it is helpful to have a relationship with a law firm in advance, so you have a trusted partner to turn to. The attorneys at McLario Helm Bertling & Spiegel S.C. want to get to know you and your family to be on speed dial when you need them. They know time and trust are essential to a good outcome. Learn more about how they can be your law firm for life.