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Can police badger you without cause?

I was at a hotel, staying the night, while on my travels. The room I stayed in was a no smoking room, as well as the building, so I naturally went outside to have my smoke. I noticed down the lot, there was a car with two men it, and both were watching me, or so it seemed. I noticed them when I was walking across the lot to sit in my car for the cigarette. The two men then got out of there car, and came to my car, asking me to roll down my window. One of the men asked me what I was doing there this late at night. I told him to get lost, and to step away from my car. The area I was in was not known to be the best, so I was only looking out for myself. The other man told me that I needed to get the "F" out of my car as they were police officers, and that if I did not comply, I would be arrested on the spot. I asked what I had done wrong, but was ignored. The first officer asked for my wallet, and I did as I was told. He removed my money, asking why I had my 20's folded up in the amount of 100.00. I thought the question was silly, but I answered "its just how i keep track of money". He then made a crude remark about how I'm probably pre-counting my money for when I buy drugs or sex. The other officer asked if I had any drugs in the car. I responded truthfully with a "No sir". He then proceeded to search my car without permission. Once the search was done, the officers told me that I was not allowed to be in the parking lot, and that I needed to go back into the hotel. They then handed me my wallet, and went back to there car, and drove away. Can police come up to random people, be extremely rude, and invade personal privacy without permission or reason or is this another prime example of police misusing the law for laughs?


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    Robert Giannini | Giannini Law Office, PC
    220 West Crogan Street
    Lawrenceville, GA 30046
    (770) 237-3800
    Welcome to America in the 21st century. What you described happens everyday across the "Land of the Free." And, it is getting worse. Our citizens swallow the B.S. that is constantly fed to them that the criminal laws need to be "tougher" and we need to give the police more power. Our laws are already the harshest of any so-called western democracy and our police have tremendous power. On top of that we have the fact that very many judges are nothing more than prosecutors with robes on. We have very, very many AWFUL judges in this state who do EVERYTHING they can to help the prosecution and police get convictions. And, who stands up for the citizens? ONLY defense lawyers. So what does the media do? They portray defense lawyers to be scumbags and bottom feeders. Again, welcome to the Land of the Free. What you can do about it is find out who the cops were and file a grievance with their department. Nothing will come of it, but it will be in their files.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 8/21/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    Let us assume that the police cannot act this way. So what? What are you going to do now? I like the while on your travels, because you choose to stay in a seedy place, and then show your ass when the police approached. Then the police showed their asses, and you are upset. Good for the goose, good for the gander.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 8/21/2013
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