Do I Have to Consent When the Police Ask Me to Allow Them to Search My Car or House?
Question: Do I have to consent when the police ask me to allow them to search my car or home?
The answer is no. You do not have to consent to any search of either your person or your home. Many people feel intimidated, perhaps pressured by the circumstances that they find themselves in. The reality is, they should know the extent of the search. In other words, are they asking to search, let’s say, your purse or just the front interior section of your vehicle? Or just a room in your house? Or they’ve asking for a more blanket authority to come in. The best protection for you is to acknowledge your privacy rights and say, “No. I respectfully do not consent to search either my vehicle or my residence.”