Do you know your rights when a police officer asks to search your property
without a warrant?
If you don’t, you should. It could mean the difference between getting to drive home or going to
jail in handcuffs. Whether you break the law or not, you should always
be prepared to protect yourself. It’s normal to experience discomfort,
anxiety and fear when a police officer is in your face, but it shouldn’t
cause you to act in an overly complicit manner.
Here are 3 reasons why you should never let police search you or your property
without a warrant.
1. It’s Your Right
Thanks to the 4th Amendment, you are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Unless police officers have strong evidence to believe you’re involved
in criminal activity, they are required to either have a permit or your
permission before searching you or your property.
2. It Protects You in Court
If you say
“yes” to a police officer asking about searching you or your property and evidence
is found that can be used against you, it weakens your case. Always refuse
to give consent, even if the police search you anyway. If you say
“no” and they search you, a lawyer can fight against the warrantless search.
3. You Don’t Know What They Might Find
You can never be 100% certain about everything the police might find in
your car, backpack or home. A friend could have dropped an eighth of weed
under the passenger seat or you might have forgotten about that 13-inch
blade in the truck of your car. If you allow the police to search your
property, you can’t challenge any evidence they find. If you’re
innocent and refuse the search, a lawyer can better defend you.
Accused of a Crime?
Understanding and asserting your rights isn’t about cheating the
system, it’s about exercising your freedoms, which make up the foundation
of this country. If you were recently searched by police and arrested
for a crime you did not commit, contact our
Connecticut criminal defense attorneys at Tomeo Sills, LLC.
Call (844) 913-7747 or contact us online
to discuss a defense strategy for your case.