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Can you refuse a police search?

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

Thousands of people in Florida have been subjected to a police search at some point. Many people have wondered if they can refuse to consent to a search. In fact, you have the right to refuse to consent to a search, but refusing to consent might not provide the result that you’re looking for.

Whether you’re guilty or not, everyone has rights under criminal law. If you’ve been stopped by a police offer, you have the right to refuse a search. This includes a search of your body, vehicle, bag or other belongings. However, the police might conduct the search anyway. You can’t necessarily stop them from searching your property, but if you clearly refuse the search, you might be able to bring this up later in court to prove that the officer violated your rights.

Whether you consent to a search or not, police officers have the right to pat you down to see if you’re carrying a weapon. But other than that, you have the right to refuse a search. If you believe that the police have violated your rights, write down as much information as possible so that you can bring it up later in court if necessary. If possible, write down identifying information about the officer and their agency. Your attorney might be able to use this information later. If your attorney can prove that your rights were violated, your charges might be reduced or thrown out altogether.

When should you hire an attorney?

If you’ve been detained by the police, the best time to hire an attorney is as soon as possible. You are legally allowed to refuse to speak or sign anything until your attorney arrives. Your attorney may make sure that your rights are protected throughout the case and hold officers accountable if they committed an offense. An attorney doesn’t just represent you in court; they may assist you from the day you get arrested until the date of your final court hearing.