The law can be quite confusing to figure out sometimes. Knowing your rights is not always cut and dry either. That is why you should do your best to understand what you can and cannot do when interacting with New York law enforcement. Making the wrong move could mean you end up with additional charges, which you want to avoid. One such situation where things could go wrong is when an officer wants to search your vehicle. Do you have to let the officer do this?

Flex Your Rights explains that if the request to do a search happens during a traffic stop, then you probably cannot stop it and are best to just let the officer search your vehicle. If it occurs at any other time, though, you may be able to refuse. This is because an officer must have probable cause to conduct a search without a warrant.

Do note that if an officer has a search warrant, then you should not try to stop a search. This will definitely lead to further legal issues for you. A warrant provides a clear and legal way for you to know that a search can take place.

Going back to probable cause, you need to understand that sometimes you may give the officer probable cause when it did not exist. You should always follow instructions, never offer information about what you may have done wrong and stay respectful. Having a bad attitude, admitting guilt or acting irrationally can lead to probable cause needed to do a search. This information is for education and is not legal advice.