It is common knowledge that in order for police to search an individual’s home, they need a warrant or probable cause before they can enter the premises. Many people are not aware that law enforcement needs the same documents or probable cause before searching a vehicle as well. Because many people don’t know this, when a Police officer asks them to consent to a search, they believe they have to.
Once someone consents to the search, the police no longer need a legitimate reason to conduct a search. Not consenting to a search is completely within your legal rights.
Many times, evidence in criminal cases is found from a search which may have been seized in a way that violates the defendants rights. If this is the case, an experienced lawyer can examine the case and may be able to have much of the evidence against the defendant dismissed.
If you are arrested it is especially important to contact an attorney who can examine all the details of your case and offer protection of your rights.