Corryton, TN asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: Can police officer search my glove box after I tell them specifically no you cannot? He said that with or without a

Warrant because his k9 supposedly hit on the drugs

2 Lawyer Answers

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Yes. If the Officer has reason for a search than he/she can do so. Your defense in criminal court is that the Officer did not have reason for the search. It is not altogether different that a person got a DUI after being pulled over. The question is did the Officer have reason to pull you over?

Marcus Lipham

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Jackson, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Not just no but “hell no”, if the search was based on your consent. You may limit a consensual search. However if the officer developed his own probable cause and exigent circumstances then you have a problem.

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