A common scenario that we, as attorneys often encounter, is when our clients are stopped for a routine traffic stop and learn that there is an I-Card out on them.
What is an I-card? The I-Card contains information entered into the police database that notifies police personnel that the person named in the I-Card is wanted by the police. This could mean that the individual is wanted for detainment, questioning, and/or arrest. Although it is not a warrant, the I-Card can, and will be utilized by police personnel, to at a minimum detain, and in all likelihood it will be used to arrest.
Therefore, if you are stopped by the police the same advice applies to named subjects of I-Cards that applies to individuals named in an Arrest Warrant:
a) Contact your lawyer,
b) Do not make a statement without your attorney present, and
c) Exercise your Miranda Rights