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What are the limitations for probable cause?

Portland, OR |

Yesterday my friend was pulled over for speeding on the freeway while I was in the car. The police officer came to the passenger side door and asked for license & registration. He noticed a grinder sitting in the car and asked to search it. When I asked "why?" he replied that he had only seen grinders used for marijuana. I told him I did not consent. He told me that if he had to get dogs he would. Then he told me that he had probable cause for search because I would have consented if the contents were legal. I then handed over the grinder and after that a water pipe. I still don't agree with his assessment. The only reason for search was a hunch that the contents of a closed container may contain an illegal substance. I was then given a ticket for $650 for possession of under an ounce.

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You should consult with a criminal defense attorney, in private. It seems quite likely that this officer performed an illegal search. A person's refusal to consent to search, without more, does not create probable cause of a crime having been committed - if it did, then consent would be meaningless. Don't post any more details here or anywhere else on the internet. Talk to a defense lawyer as soon as you can. If you're approached by the police, the only thing you should say to them is "I don't want to answer any questions, and I'd like to speak to a lawyer, please." Everyone should memorize this phrase, and know to stop talking after saying it.

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Attorney Bodzin has provided you with a sound answer to your post, I urge you to heed his wise words.

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