When traveling abroad, you have to make sure that you always follow the laws. Your country doesn’t share a lot with the place that you’re visiting, and that includes the laws. There are things considered a norm in your home country, but are illegal elsewhere. If you unknowingly committed or accused of a crime while traveling, you need to know what to do.
To avoid getting
in the middle of these legal troubles, you need to research before traveling. Find
out exactly what
are considered taboos and illegal in the place that you’re visiting so you
can avoid them. Even the way you dress up could get you in trouble when you
visit conservative countries.
Make sure you’re
There are countries
where some people pretend to be authorities so they can scare you and force you
to pay. They will accuse you of doing illegal stuff when you haven’t done
anything wrong. Therefore, you have to determine first if you’re actually
talking to an authority. If you’re getting arrested, you have to ask for an ID
from the officer to prove that he is police. You also need to check if you’re
heading to an actual police station. Once you’re being asked to pay in exchange
of your freedom right where you got “caught”, it’s a sign that you’re dealing
Try your best not
to resist authorities. You don’t have to answer all questions since you have
the right to remain silent. You have to stay calm until you can find
someone who can offer legal assistance. If you keep talking, you might put
yourself in even more legal trouble. Besides, no authority can force you to
speak up since it’s illegal. You can also face a language barrier issue, so you
better keep quiet.
Contact your embassy
You can ask for
a phone if the authorities don’t allow you to use yours. Call your embassy and
ask for help. The embassy could send someone to assist you or even invoke diplomatic
ties so you won’t be in further trouble. It might only apply if you didn’t
commit a serious and violent crime.
You also have to
contact the people you know back home. Tell them about what happened so they
won’t worry. You also need to ask them to send legal assistance. With the aid
of social media, it might be possible for them to contact your fellow citizens
residing in the place where you currently are to come over and help.
different story if you intentionally did the crime
It’s one thing
to be accused of something wrong if you didn’t intentionally do it. However, if
you got involved in serious crimes like drugs or human trafficking, you are in
serious trouble. Even your home country might not help you anymore. You have to
face the consequences of your actions.
When you face
these legal battles abroad, you have to stay calm and hope that you can get out
without tarnishing your records.
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