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Can a cop of the opposite sex search me?

My friend got pulled over and the cop made everyone get out of the car. He searched all of us by patting us down and reaching into our pockets. Me and another girl requested a female cop and he said no. They found a bowl on me. Can I get out of it because the cop was a guy and he can't search a girl?

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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    No that is not illegal but they usually do search with officers of the same sex to avoid charges of impropriety.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/26/2013
    Sally Hamblin | Hamblin Law Office
    4015 W. Houghton Lake Drive
    Houghton Lake, MI 48629
    (228) 224-7120
    It was not a strip search, but a pat down.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/24/2013
    Amber Lunsford | Amber Lunsford, Attorney at Law
    10100 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste 300
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    (424) 274-1183
    I am actually more concerned about the reaching into pockets than I am the gender of the officer. You should speak to a criminal defense attorney who can ask you follow up questions and review the officer's report as well. There may be a good basis for a suppression motion here.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/24/2013
    Andrea Storey Rogers |
    P.O. Box 21686
    St. Louis, MO 63139
    (314) 724-5059
    No, the charge will not be dismissed just because a male cop searched a female suspect.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri - Replied: 1/24/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    You can file a complaint against the officer, and deal with the complaint while you are serving jail time for the bowl. One has nothing to do with the other.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 1/24/2013
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