Do I have to agree to a police officer’s request to search?
This video is about your right to say no to searches.
A common question that I get is, “If a law enforcement officer asks me to search, you know, me, my car, my backpack, my apartment, my house, do I have to say yes to that search?” And the clear answer is no. You can always say no to a search. If the law enforcement officer believes that they have a lawful reason to conduct that search anyway, then they’ll go ahead and conduct that search. And you’ll have the ability to challenge that search in court if it wasn’t done lawfully. But you gain no benefit from agreeing to a search.
If you’ve been in a situation in Georgia, where you believe you are unlawfully searched and it led to criminal charges, call our office at the number above to schedule an appointment to see if we can help you with your situation. You can also visit our website at www.teenandyoungadultdefense.com.
I’m Paul Ghanouni from the Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm. If you enjoyed this video, share and like this video so that you can stay up-to-date with other videos of ours that come out and so that other people can learn about their rights as well. Thank you.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is a status offense?
Status offenses are applicable only to children who are subject to juvenile court jurisdiction for non-criminal behavior; and are offenses that would not be illegal if the person wasn’t a juvenile. Characteristically, status offenses include running away from home, curfew violation, truancy, unruly behavior, habitually disobedient of the child’s parent, guardian, or other custodian’s reasonable and lawful commands and is ungovernable.
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