Police officers have a lot of power when it comes to legal matters. They are granted permission to carry out a lot of activities that otherwise could land any other person in serious trouble for carrying out. Officers acting under the color of law can carry weapons and use these weapons to enforce the safety and security of everyone around them. They are also allowed to confront anyone they find looks suspicious and arrest them if they have a valid reason.
Police officers are also allowed to search a person and confiscate any dangerous materials they may have on hand. However, there is a limit to how and when an officer can search a person. If the individual who is suspected is in a public place and the officer has an obvious and clear reason to believe that the person has illegal substances or dangerous weapons on them, the officer can search them without question. It is important to note that it is vital that officers have a valid reason to suspect the individual. If they search a person, their vehicle, or their home simply due to their ethnicity or because they had their own personal motives they can be penalized by the law.
Any individual who feels like they were searched unjustly, or they had their belongings confiscated without reason should reach out to a police brutality attorney for help. An attorney can inform a person if their case qualifies as brutality by the officer and can assist a person in taking the right steps towards justice.
Getting searched by an officer can be demeaning and counts as an invasion of privacy which is why officers are required to get a warrant in so many cases.
Under what conditions does an officer not need a warrant to search for me?
Officers need a warrant if they are searching through a person’s private property and if they don’t have a very strong immediate reason to search their suspect. An officer is not required to get a warrant if the suspect agrees to the search or if the crime occurred in plain view of the officer.
Another reason an officer may search without a warrant is if the officer needs to preserve time-sensitive evidence that will most likely be tampered with if not taken care of immediately on the spot. Also, if an officer is chasing a suspect and the suspect enters their home, the officer can enter the private dwelling as well without a warrant.
It can be humiliating to have an officer search a person in public or even in the privacy of one’s home. Every individual has the right to feel safe and protected from authorities and that is why officers are often required to get a warrant before conducting a search or entering a home. Anyone who has had their privacy invaded by an officer should contact an attorney to begin the legal process of holding the officer to account for his baseless violation of privacy.