My friend was at a 24 hr. car wash and the police were across the street watching the car wash after he got done counting his quarters and stood up the police were right there and said we wanna search your car . started searching found a pipe under the back seat on the floor and arrested him towed car and are charging him with 5th degree. they had no probable cause to even approach him and basically started searching as they said can we search your vehicle they were going to do it anyways. they already started
Your friend should have an attorney help them. They might have a defense. If they rely on Internet forums they won’t win.
Your friend’s perspective on what happened isn’t going to get the evidence suppressed or the charges dismissed. What is missing here is what the cops claim was the basis for searching the vehicle. He needs an attorney.
Police need a lawful basis to search, if they hope to use evidence found. Generally, true consent to gives police a legal basis to search, since real consent waives rights. But police sometimes may have a lawful basis to search without consent. To analyze whether a police search was legal requires all the facts, which we do not have here. Friend should pick up a phone, and make a phone call to discuss with an experienced criminal defense attorney on the phone, about the case. Begin with a phone consult.
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