Written by attorney Guichard St. Surin

Do I have to give consent to a law enforcement officer to search my car in Florida?


No, you do not have to consent. There is no need to make the police jobs easier. It is their job to find probable cause and, if they’re not able to find probable cause to do a search right there on the spot, then they have to obtain a search warrant to be able to search your house or your property. You do not have to give permission for them to search and they will be very nice to you because they are trained to. They will make it seem like there’s nothing wrong, that they’re probably not going to find anything. Do not give consent. If they have enough to search, they will search the house regardless.

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