Don’t consent to searches. Not guilty edition
I got a not guilty today on a marijuana bench trial. In large part this was due to the work of the citizen accused who did not waive his rights on the side of the road.
Remember, if the police ask you about anything illegal; drugs, guns, drinking and driving, murder, steroids, illegal poker rooms- ask for a lawyer.
If the police ask you to search your car- always say no and ask for a lawyer.
If the police search anyway, and if they are lacking in probable cause, and if they can’t meet one the many exceptions for drug searches*; then your lawyer can ask the court to suppress whatever they find.
* Our appellate courts have bent over backwards to uphold drug searches in recent years. The 4th Amendment is on life support, but not completely dead yet.
Remember, just say no, to consent searches.