Whether commuting to work, driving home from a restaurant or taking your kids to school, you do not want to see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Still, police pull over many motorists in Onondaga County virtually every day. For most drivers, the incident is a minor inconvenience. If you have an unlicensed weapon, illegal drugs or evidence of criminal activity inside your vehicle, however, an otherwise ordinary stop may have significant legal consequences.
United States citizens receive protection from illegal searches and seizures from the Fourth Amendment in the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment states police cannot search a person's home, assets or vehicle without having a warrant or probable cause.
Everyone knows that sinking feeling when they see flashing red lights in the rearview mirror. Even if it is a simple traffic violation it is intimidating to get pulled over by a police officer. In light of recent news stories of routine traffic stops getting out of hand it is important to know what your rights are as a citizen when getting pulled over by a police officer.
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