I. Consent Search-Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer
Generally speaking, a search without a warrant is per se invalid. However, there are some well defined and well delineated exceptions to that rule. One of the exceptions is referred to as a consent search. This is where an individual allows a police officer to search their home or vehicle without a warrant by simply giving the officer permission to search.
In most cases, giving an officer permission to search is probably not a good idea. A search is an invasion of your right to privacy.
A police officer does not have a right to search your person or vehicle for a civil infraction such as a speeding ticket. However, if you give your consent, you waive that right.
Put another way, if a police officer has a right to search, he doesn’t need your permission or consent.
Think about it. Do you really have the time for a vehicle search? Have you ever loaned your vehicle to a friend, or even a family member, who may have left something illegal in it?
I. “Better Call Stahl” Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer
These are only general observations related to consent searches, and the actual reasons or rationales that exist for a search tend to be complicated. An accurate analysis can only be made by an attorney who is experienced in criminal law. If you have criminal case with a search issue call the Gerald R Stahl a Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer. The Law Offices of Gerald R Stahl is conveniently located on East Beltline Avenue in Grand Rapids near Knapp’s Corner and the 63rd District Court.
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