Can police search your cell phone or computer? Since your computer and cell phone hold so much personal information and sensitive data, they are most worthy of protecting from prying eyes, including those of the government. In addition, if the police have a warrant or if you consent to a search, the police can search your computer or phone. But unless the police have probable cause to believe that there is evidence of a crime on your computer or cell phone, they cannot obtain a warrant to search it in the first place. What do you do if they want to search your computer or cell phone?
The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. That protection extends to people and property and applies wherever someone has a reasonable expectation of privacy. While the police are required to have probable cause before they can obtain a search warrant and there are some exceptions to the warrant requirement such as:
Consent – if you consent to a search, then, the police do not need a warrant.
Be aware that police can, under certain circumstances, ask a roommate or guest for access to your personal devices, such as computers and cell phones.
Stop and Frisk.
Incident to Lawful Arrest.
Even if you are arrested, the police still need a warrant to search your computer or phone.
Police can search your devices at the border without a warrant.
If you are facing prosecution for a crime or believe that the police searched your computer or cell phone illegally, you should contact attorney Ron Chapman immediately. It is always best to consult with an attorney before speaking to law enforcement. You can always state, “Please do not ask me any questions until my attorney is present.”
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