When pulled over by police, how do you say "no" to a vehicle search if you have

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  1. Kenna McHugh profile image87
    Kenna McHughposted 23 months ago

    When pulled over by police, how do you say "no" to a vehicle search if you have no witnesses?

  2. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 23 months ago

    If they ask if you consent to a search, you say no sir. If they ask if they can have a look inside your vehicle, you say no sir. Then ask if you are free to go and leave the moment they give permission. If they say you aren't free to go, ask why you are detained and when you are free to go, otherwise you need to call your attorney.
    If you have to get out of the car, lock it as you do so so that they can't peer in and try to open a door to check on something - you've secured it, just say you secured it to protect from theft or loss.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image87
      Kenna McHughposted 23 months agoin reply to this

      Great advice. I hope to never been in this situation.

    2. Pax Pacis profile image87
      Pax Pacisposted 23 months agoin reply to this

      Don't lock your car. The police will break the windows if they have PC to search. They can't open the door without consent or PC.

  3. Pax Pacis profile image87
    Pax Pacisposted 23 months ago

    As a police officer, I have dealt with this many times. There is a reason why I want to search you car, and it's usually along the lines of  "I sense something's off, but don't have proper PC to search your car without your permission."

    There are two responses to the request: "Yeah, I have nothing to hide." and "No, I do not consent to a search."

    If you choose the "no" option, be prepared for some raised eyebrows, but refusing a search is not PC by itself.

    You just say "no sir, I do not consent to a search." And then shut the heck up. The only other words out of your mouth should be "I'm frightened of you and would be more comfortable with my attorney present."

    Follow all commands, admit you're scared of the cops, and refuse to discuss anything. The police will treat you extra nice because nobody wants people afraid of them; it is demoralizing to be feared.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image87
      Kenna McHughposted 23 months agoin reply to this

      Nice answer. It's good to get the other side's point of view.

 
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