Whilst America has one of the best legal systems in the world, it also has a reputation for police brutality. If you feel that you have been treated badly by police then you should hire a police misconduct lawyer. That being said, police brutality and corruption are problems in various parts of the world. As a traveller, you need to be aware of this and prepared if anything should happen. If you stand out due to the colour of your skin or the clothes you wear, then you could be a target. Everywhere in the world, you go will have different laws, customs, and standards of police. Here are the steps you should follow to avoid any trouble.
Do your research
The biggest thing you should do no matter where you go is research. Find out if there are any customs or cultures that you should follow or any laws you might not be aware of. There might also be certain parts of the country that you are better off avoiding. One example is in Ghana, where it is illegal to smoke in public. If you didn’t do your research and went for a cigarette as you got off the plane, you could face trouble very quickly. This wouldn’t be a very nice start to your trip.
Another common mistake people make is over drinking. Drinking is banned in some religions and in some countries, you can only drink in private spaces or bars. If you were in Morocco and you drank outside of the mosque, it could have serious consequences. If you enjoy a drink or two,n be sure to read up about any laws or customs around it wherever you go.
Many countries may be strict with what you can wear – it is common in much of the world that people cover their shoulders and the tops of their legs. If you walk around in a tank top you might stand out and feel uncomfortable. Furthermore, it is best to be respectful of other people’s cultures. This can cause problems for local people. For example, Bali has become a popular tourist destination and whilst you are fine to lie in your bikini in your hotel, if you need to wander down to the shop then you should make an effort to cover up.
Carry a spare purse
In some parts of the world, the police force is corrupt. As a result, they might find a reason to arrest you so that they can try and get money from you. This has been known to happen in countries from Bolivia to Cambodia. One thing that might protect you is to carry a purse with a small amount of money in it. If they demand money from you, you can give them this and tell them that it is all you have. That way you still have money to get back to your hostel or hotel.
Finally, always carry some kind of ID with you. In some countries, they will expect you to have an ID on you. If a police officer stops you and asks for it, it may protect you from getting into further trouble. Furthermore, if you are driving anything abroad be sure to have your driving license with you.
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