When Can A Police Officer Legally Search You?

Most people are not familiar with their rights and assume that if an officer of the law wishes to search you, that you must comply. However, that is simply not true. Police officers can only perform searches if they are legal. On what grounds can a police perform a legal search? If an officer suspects that you have illegal substances such as drugs on your person, they can search you. They can also search you if they believe that you have illegal substances in your vehicle or are consuming alcohol in your vehicle. Additionally, if a police officer suspects that you are in possession of a weapon or that you pose a threat to those around you, a search can be performed. What happens during a search? Before searching you, a police officer must tell you why they must perform this procedure. They cannot simply start patting you down. During…

2 Dec 2015