Thursday, November 1, 2012

Would you consent to your car being searched?

Do you know your rights?  You should, after my previous post.  However, did you know you waive certain rights when you consent to actions by the police?  For example, if you consent to police searching your car, you may not be able to latter claim they did not have probable cause.

Many people believe they should consent to whatever the police ask them.  They think if they say no, it makes them look suspicious.  It is your RIGHT to refuse consent and force the police to prove they have the proper authority to carry out their actions.  Whether or not you consent to any actions by the police is a serious decision and should not be taken lightly.

You should not assume you will be better off by consenting to any searches.  Your best decision will be to inform the officer you would like to speak with an attorney prior to consenting to anything.