I was pulled over for running a stop sign and the officer went through the usual routine, but asked if he could search my vehicle at the end of the stop to which I responded in the negative. The officer then called for a K-9 unit; before the K-9 arrived (which it never did) a second police that arrived asked me to step out of the car and started searching my vehicle and found a gram of marijuana. I was promptly handcuffed and not read my rights and the officers searched my vehicle and went through pictures and texts on my cell phone. There was no paraphernalia in the vehicle and asserted that he had probable cause to do the search in the first place because he "smelled" only fresh marijuana in an airtight container stashed away in a compartment.
Child Custody Lawyer
Based upon the facts as you've stated them, you should definitely consider hiring a private attorney in your area to check into the legality of that search.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
As recounted by you the facts suggest multiple violations of your 4th Amendment rights. I say as recounted by you because you can be fairly confident that the account provided by the officers will be substantially different. Securing legal counsel now would be a very good idea. There may be evidence available to help corroborate your account, but that needs to be investigated by a knowledgable criminal defense attorney right away. Do not post anymore details anywhere on the Internet, including social media like Facebook. Start interviewing lawyers for the job of helping you make the best of an unfortunate but not uncommon brand of policing. Good luck.
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Family Law Attorney
Sounds like you may have a good motion to suppress. Consult with a local criminal defense attorney immediately.
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