(4 out of 5)
Getting pulled over by a law enforcement official is rarely a pleasurable experience. Passing a police car on the side of the road, knowing you are going over the speed limit can get your heartbeat racing as well, let alone having those bright flashing lights pull up behind you and pulling you over. This is where the application called Your Rights comes into play. The application will fill you in with all sorts of information about what the police officer can and cannot do when he pulls you over. Now let me make it clear that this does give information about things like searching your car and answering questions, but it will not give you advice on how to get out of a ticket. It also does not just pertain to traffic stops. Your Rights is filled with things from the Constitution as well as the Articles of Confederation.
Your Rights is broken into three different categories, each filled to the brink with valuable information. The first category is the “Documents” category. This is where you’ll find the building blocks of our government. The United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and the Federalist Papers are all included in this section. It doesn’t give you bits and pieces of each though, they’re all there in their entirety. If you’re curious about the 14th Amendment in the Constitution, which happens to be “Equal Protection,” then you can check it out. It includes all five sections in there as well.
My only issue with the documentation section is that at the end of each document, it gives you a link to Wikipedia for more information. The reason I’m not a fan of this, is because it’s not the most reliable source for accurate information. It seems like they might have gotten lazy with finding more information. It would have been nice to have a more reliable outside source to get information on the topics.
The next category that Your Rights offers is ACLU(American Civil Liberties Union) information. This topic has all sorts of things about the ACLU. They cover news, information regarding the union itself, as well as clarification about what the ACLU is and is not. It is a great category to keep you up to date with things involving civil liberties and rights of the people.
The third and final category that Your Rights offers is probably going to strike a key with most people. It has to do with encountering law enforcement. This stems from all sorts of sub-categories like questioning, stops and arrests and rights at airports. It tells you exactly what you can and cannot do when dealing with law enforcement. I think the topic that will be most beneficial to you is the stop and arrests topic. I’ve known many people who have been pulled over and are not sure what they are required to do and what they can say no to. It is a great bit of information to have. Now again, this will not tell you how to get out of tickets or anything like that. It does help to keep your calm and make you aware of exactly what the police can search and why or why they cannot.
Your Rights is a great application. The best part of all is that it is completely free. All of this information can be at your fingertips as it is your right to know all of your own rights, but having it right on your cell phone is a nice tool. Now I would not recommend trying to pull out your cell phone at the next traffic stop because that can cause an officer to feel threatened. The best advice to go along with this application is to study it. Know exactly what your rights are. It will make your encounters with officials much less stressful.
Your Rights is developed by Cyrus Najmabadi and it can be downloaded for free from the iTunes application store.
Screenshots of Your Rights by Cyrus Najmabadi