When people are stopped by police while driving, the officer will often attempt to gain permission to search the vehicle. They may say something like, “Do you mind if I look through the car?” in order to obtain your consent. The driver may be unaware of his or her rights and agree to the search, even if they are in possession of a controlled substance or other contraband. You have the right to refuse this search. If police search your vehicle without your consent or without probable cause, a criminal defense lawyer may be able to get any evidence resulting from the search thrown out.
Your Rights During a Traffic Stop from a Gaylord Criminal Defense Lawyer
In order to search your vehicle, police must first establish probable cause that there is something illegal in it. A simple speeding violation or broken tail light is not enough to warrant a search. Once you consent to a search, however, anything the police find is fair game. The police may try to pressure you into allowing them to search your vehicle, but remain firm yet polite in your refusal.
If police observe any of the following, however, it may be enough to warrant probable cause, including:
- Glassy eyes or slurred speech
- The smell of marijuana or alcohol
- Contraband in plain sight
Northern Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer Ross Hickman will make sure that any police search was done within the confines of the law. If a search was illegal, he will fight to have the evidence dismissed. This can be the difference between a costly conviction and walking freely out of the courtroom.
If you have been charged with a crime in northern Michigan, Ross Hickman will fight for your freedom. With over 30 years of criminal justice experience, he can provide the representation you deserve during this difficult time. To speak with a Northern Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer, contact Ross Hickman Law Office right away.