Picture taken by Ian Britton: http://www.ianbritton.co.uk/
Police need to have a good reason to search your car or your person. If the police have a valid search warrant then they are allowed to search the areas that are specified in the warrant. However, in most searches of cars and people, police don’t have a warrant because they don’t have time to get a warrant.
If the police search a person or car without a warrant, they need a legally recognized reason to search. If the police don’t have a legitimate reason to search, then the court may end up suppressing the evidence that was found.
The most important thing that a suspected person can do is not to consent to any search. A lot of people will consent to a search of their person or car because they believe they have no other choice. What is even more astounding is that many people will consent to the search knowing that there are drugs in the car or on their person.
Once a person gives consent, it helps the police greatly. When a person consents to being searched, the police no longer need a legitimate reason to search. The police are allowed to search because the person has consented. The police do not need to warn the suspect that he has the right to refuse to be searched. The lesson is never consent to a search. If the police find evidence so be it. Don’t take away your own rights by consenting to the search and taking away your opportunity to force the police to justify their warrantless search.
For More Information Please visit www.attorneychan.com or contact me at 508-808-8902