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February 09, 2011

Do I have to give consent to a police officer to search my car?

One any given day in Tennessee you could find yourself pulled over for anything from the most minor of traffic violations. Upon the stop of your vehicle, you could be asked by the police officer for consent to search your vehicle. You do not have to consent to such a search. If you do not consent to a search, in most cases the officer will simply have to accept your refusal and let you go on your way as Police officers are not allowed to search a car simply because they have you pulled over for a legitimate reason. In order to search your vehicle, they must have probable cause that they will find contraband or proof of illegal activity. Probable cause is more than suspicion. If you have questions about your legal rights or are charged with a criminal offense in Nashville or Middle Tennessee do not hesitate to contact a criminal attorney. You may reach Vince Wyatt, David Raybin or Ben Raybin at (615) 256-6666.