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Q: Can I refuse a search of my backpack if someone calls the police on me because they thought I was suspicious?

I was walking with a friend late at night and someone saw me and him and called the cops and they stopped me and questioned me about my bag and wanted to search it and it was 1 am and I told them no and they said usually people let us look if they aren’t hiding something but I wasn’t but I just... Read more »

Brandon Wilson Barnett
Brandon Wilson Barnett answered on Jan 28, 2020

Under both the US and Texas Constitutions, you have an absolute right to refuse to consent to a search of your person, home, or effects (including your bags). By refusing, you place the investigating agency in a position where they must pursue a search warrant and provide specific facts to a judge... Read more »

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