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Is it advisable not to grant consent to search?

I was pulled over the other day on my way home from work. Simply put, I had marijuana in my car, less than 10 grams. My car smelled of marijuana on top of everything. I denied the search of my vehicle when asked by the acting officer. I was told he would call the dogs in to search my car, yet i still denied the search. Eventually the officer let me go with a speeding ticket. Was denying the search a good idea? Will it come back to bite me when I'm in court next?

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    Laurie Schmidt | Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt, P.C.
    Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt, P.C.
    Denver, CO 80203
    (303) 747-4686
    You have a right to DENY a search of your car. It sounds like the officer was on a fishing expedition and was just trying to get you to consent or agree to allow him to search your privative and protected area without probable cause and without a warrant. If the officer had probable cause to suspect that you were engaged in active criminal activity he would have attempted to get a warrant. The officer's suspension alone would not rise to the level of probable cause and thus is a reason for a judge to deny the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado - Replied: 4/12/2013
    Charles M. Schiff | Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    925 South First Street
    St Cloud, MN 56301
    (320) 259-0699
    You handled the matter perfectly. The officer was trying to coerce you into "consenting" to a search. Our constitutional rights are meaningless if we do not insist on them being observed.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota - Replied: 4/11/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    Yes it was an excellent idea. You have the right to say no and then in most cases they have to get a warrant and have to convince a judge they have enough reason to search the car or house.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 4/11/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    If the police officer thought he had probable cause to search your vehicle, he would have done so. Since he let you go with a speeding ticket, I wouldn't worry about it.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 4/10/2013
    B. L. Conway | Conway Law Pllc.
    165 West Main
    Abingdon, VA 24210
    (800) 482-5297
    No that was a good idea, but you better be careful from now on. They have their eye on you.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia - Replied: 4/10/2013
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