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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

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 Questions

What is a bond? What if I cannot afford a bond?
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A bond is an amount of money you must pay to be released from jail pending your appearance in court. If you pay a cash bond the money will be returned to you at the conclusion of the case. However, if you use a bonding company the money you give them is the fee to have them post your bond and you will not get this money back. If you are unable to make the bond that has been set, an attorney can either get you into court at an earlier court date to dispose of your case or he can request a bond reduction hearing for you, and ask the court to lower your bond.

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