In Michigan, can a male police officeer search (pat down) a female? Without a female officer or back up?

Asked on June 27, 2009 under Criminal Law, Michigan


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Yes, if the officer has a reason to believe the female may be armed and a danger to him he may pat her down.  This happens all the time.  If a female officer is available the preference would be to have her do it but in a female officer's absence a male officer has authority to perform a pat down.

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