I was a passenger in the backseat. After the driver passed the sobriety test (and the driver did not give consent to search the vehicle) all the passengers myself included were taken out and put to the side of the road. After this the officer proceeded to search the car. He found a bottle of alcohol that i took claim to.
An experienced criminal defense attorney will initially ask why you were stopped. If there was a valid reason for the stop, and during the stop, the officer had reasonable suspicion to believe that criminal activity was occurring then he may be able to search the vehicle under the motor vehicle exception for warrantless searches. You simply have not given enough information to answer the question. Your best option at this point is to contact a criminal defense attorney and explain the entire scenario, allowing him to ask pointed questions to get to the heart of the matter. Best of luck.
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