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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

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What Is A Consent To Search

What Is A Consent To Search

A consent search is when a cop or law enforcement officer asks you for permission to search you, your car, your bag, or your home. If you say “yes” and agree to let them search, that’s called giving consent.

Here’s some key things to know about consent searches:

You Can Always Say No

  • You don’t have to agree to a consent search. The police need a warrant or probable cause to search without permission.
  • Just say “I do not consent to any searches.” Then stay silent. Don’t answer more questions.
  • Cops will pressure you and try to scare you into agreeing. Stay strong and keep refusing no matter what they say.
  • Police are allowed to lie and threaten you to try to get consent. Don’t fall for it. Just keep saying no.
  • There is no good reason to consent to a search if you have anything illegal or suspicious. Make them get a warrant.
  • Police need solid evidence to get a warrant approved by a judge. Consent gives them an easy shortcut to search without meeting this standard.
  • Once you consent, anything they find can be used to arrest and charge you – even for minor things you forgot were in your car or pockets.
  • Even if you have nothing to hide, refusing protects your rights and makes police work harder like they are supposed to.
  • If you do consent to a search, you can limit where they can look – like “only the trunk” or “only this bag.”
  • You can also withdraw consent mid-search by clearly saying “I withdraw consent” or “Stop searching.”
  • If you withdraw consent, they have to stop immediately. Anything found after is not admissible in court.
  • Be very clear and explicit that you are withdrawing consent. Don’t just imply it. Say the exact words.

Police Don’t Need to Inform You of Your Rights

  • Cops don’t have to tell you that you can refuse consent or that consent is voluntary.
  • They want consent so they don’t tell people their rights. You have to know them yourself.
  • Some states and cities require police to inform citizens they can refuse. But there’s no nationwide rule yet.
  • Always assume the cops won’t advise you of your right to say no. So just say no to any request to search.
  • If multiple people share a home or car, any owner can consent to a search that will be valid for the whole property.
  • This includes parents, spouses, roommates, anyone on the rental agreement or car title.
  • Police will try to get consent from whoever seems most likely to agree like a young child. Know your rights!
  • If one owner objects, the search should stop. But the one who consented can still get in trouble for anything found.

Undercover Cops Can Lie

  • Undercover police don’t have to identify themselves before asking for consent to search.
  • Evidence found in a consent search by an undercover cop posing as a friend is still admissible in court.
  • Anyone who asks to look through your bags, car, pockets could be an undercover cop. Just say no!
  • Don’t consent to friends, strangers, or people you just met requesting to look through your private property.
  • Consent under physical threat or force is not valid. But police will still try to claim you agreed voluntarily.
  • If they threaten to get a warrant if you don’t consent, that can be coercion too.
  • Aggressive questioning for an extended time can also make you feel forced into agreeing.
  • If you think you were coerced, tell your lawyer to try to get the evidence thrown out.
  • If police search without a warrant, they must prove in court that you consented willingly.
  • They will lie and exaggerate facts to pretend it was voluntary. Don’t believe them.
  • Make them provide proof like video, audio, or testimony from other officers to back up their claims.
  • If it’s just your word against theirs, the judge might believe the cops over you.
  • If you think the police illegally coerced you into consenting, tell your lawyer.
  • Your lawyer can file a motion challenging the consent and try to get any evidence found thrown out.
  • Factors like your age, education, mental state are considered when deciding if consent was voluntary.
  • An experienced lawyer may be able to successfully argue the search was improper and unconstitutional.
  • At airports and some border crossings, you give up your right to refuse consent searches.
  • If you want to get on the plane or enter the country, you have to agree to any requested searches no matter what.
  • They can search your bags, pat you down, make you go through body scanners, etc.
  • You can’t limit or withdraw consent in these situations either. Just expect to be fully searched.
  • Inmates and people on probation lose many rights against warrantless searches and seizures.
  • If you’re in jail, on parole, etc. guards can search your cell, car, bags any time without consent.
  • Challenging these types of searches is very difficult even if they violate normal consent search laws.
  • Probation officers can also show up and search your home out of nowhere as a condition of release.

Never Physically Resist

  • Never physically fight or resist if cops search without consent. Just clearly state your objections.
  • Resisting will only get you charged with more serious crimes and hurt your case.
  • Comply and settle it in court later. Resisting gives them reasons to hurt or arrest you.
  • Yelling “I do not consent” makes your lack of consent clear. But keep your hands up and don’t touch the officers.

Know Your State Laws

  • Some states like New Jersey have ruled cops must inform people they can refuse consent before asking.
  • And a few cities like Durham, NC require written consent with notification of rights.
  • But most states allow police to ask for consent without any disclaimer that you can say no.
  • Research your local laws. But never count on cops advising you of your rights.

In summary, never consent to a search. Make the cops work for it and get a warrant even if you have nothing to hide. Exercise your rights and only agree if the police have a valid warrant, probable cause, or other legal justification besides consent. Consent bypasses your Fourth Amendment protections – so just say no!

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