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When are the police legally allowed to search me?

Posted by Michael G. Butash | Aug 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

That's going to depend on the situation. For instance, if you give an officer consent to search you, then obviously they're allowed to search you. Also, if an officer believes that they have probable cause that you committed a crime, they can search you. They can search you to what's called a search incident to arrest. That's obviously if you are placed under arrest, an officer can then search your person and they can possibly even search the vehicle that you were driving or traveling in. Furthermore, there was a United States Supreme Court case a while back, Terry vs. Ohio, which says what's also known as the stop and frisk law. In certain situations, an officer can stop you and then pat you down to determine if you are carrying any type of weapons.

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Michael G. Butash

Michael G. Butash Stetson University College of Law Florida State University Former State Prosecutor Mike grew up in the Tampa Bay area and graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1997. He was immediately hired as an Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas/...


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