Crime… and its Aftermath

GETTING SEARCHED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT: Lesson 3

“Stop and Frisk” searches

  • If an officer reasonably suspects you are involved in a crime, she can stop you to talk, and can do a “pat down” search to see if you are carrying any weapons.
  • If the officer finds something that feels like it might be a weapon, or contraband (maybe drugs or a flask of liquor), she can arrest you for what she finds.
  • If the officer arrests you for what she finds, she can do a more thorough search (like go through all of your pockets).
  • If the officer finds nothing that might be weapons or contraband during the pat down search, she cannot continue searching through your pockets and belongings “just in case.”

 

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