If I’m a minor who was asked by a police officer to hand over a tobacco product, which I did, does that give the officer the right to search me?

The product was an e-cigarette.

Asked on July 27, 2014 under Criminal Law, Connecticut

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The answer is: it depends.  If the officer reasonably believed you were carrying a weapon, he or she can institute a pat down in order to ensure you are not armed.  If other paraphanalia is found, then it is fair game. You will need to hire an attorney to see if there is enough evidence to have this dismissed. 


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