The best thing to do is to stay calm and quiet if you are pulled over. The Fifth Amendment’s right against self-incrimination permits an individual to refuse to disclose information that could be used against him or her in a criminal prosecution. Nothing you say can possibly help you.
You should be polite with the officers, don’t consent to a search of the car, and simply state that you do not wish to make any statements.
A vehicle can be searched if police has a warrant or the search falls under an exception to warrantless searches. Some of the exceptions include: consent, automobile exception, search incident to a lawful arrest, plain view/plain smell, inventory search. Please review “When can police stop and search my vehicle?” for explanation of each exception.
If you have been charged with marijuana related crime, please call 619-357-6677.
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