Refuse Consent: Don’t Help the Police Prosecute You

Law enforcement sometimes uses their power against people whom they believe to be committing a crime, resulting in a variety of practices and procedures being used to gather evidence or to make an arrest. One of the most common ways this is done is with a vehicle search. Although law enforcement has the right to search a vehicle if you are placed under arrest, they must have substantial reason to conduct a search otherwise. Sadly, many people consent to the search, giving police officers potential evidence that can be used against them in court. Do not include yourself in this bracket.

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There is no law stating that you must consent to a search of your property but police officers have no duty to inform citizens of this information and so many people think they must consent to the search. If the officer wants to search the vehicle without your consent, he must first obtain a search warrant, which can be time-consuming. If there isn’t sufficient evidence/need to search the car, the officer is wasting time.  Never must you consent to a search of yourself or your property.

If you are charged with a crime, it is a good idea to get in touch with a lawyer who specializes in criminal law milton ma. He’ll make sure that your case is handled properly, providing a proper legal defense that keeps you out of hot water and/or minimizes the consequences of a conviction. There is no cost to speak to a lawyer to learn more about your case and the many ways that a lawyer can help. In the meantime, learn as much as possible concerning your rights and the police department and make sure that you are not giving law enforcement a helping hand in prosecuting your case.