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If an officer pulls me over for a traffic violation and asks to look in my car, do I have to agree?

If an officer asks to look into your vehicle without reason, he or she is asking to violate your Fourth Amendment rights. The Fourth Amendment grants freedom from unlawful search and seizure; therefore, an officer cannot search your vehicle without probable cause. However, an officer can legally search your vehicle if you voluntarily give consent to an officer’s request to search. If you refuse the search, the officer cannot legally search your vehicle.

To learn more about your legal rights in this scenario, contact an Appleton criminal defense lawyer of Kohler & Hart, S.C., at 414-271-9595 to schedule a free consultation.