Lawyer outlines rights against police searches

Excerpt from an article in the November 11, 2011 online edition of the Utah Statesman:

People don’t have to let police officers search their cars without probable cause, and they shouldn’t give them their cell phones either, said Rob Latham, a criminal defense lawyer, in his presentation in the TSC on Thursday, called “Know Your Rights.”

Latham came to USU to teach students about their rights when it comes to search and seizure. Police aren’t allowed to search without probable cause, he said, but can legally lie to people to get them to cooperate, according to the film “10 Rules for Dealing with the Police,” which was part of Latham’s presentation.

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NOTE: One clarification: the following statement, not the one in the article, is more accurate: “Drivers are also not legally required to perform so-called “field sobriety” maneuvers or blow into the small, hand-held breathalyzers when they are pulled over. However, if after an arrest a driver refuses a breath, blood, or urine test, his or her license may be suspended.”

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