Can the Police Search Me?
They CAN search you ONLY if…
- You agree to the search.
Your consent must be freely and voluntarily given, and not the product of threats, intimidation, force, or the threatened use of force.
- For “Officer Safety”
They can search you for weapons only IF the officer has a good reason to believe you are a threat to his personal safety AND ONLY AFTER you are lawfully stopped or detained.
- After an arrest.
If a cop searches you without permission it is illegal, unless they have legal cause to search you. And that is for a judge to decide….later.