You may know that there are limited circumstances for which New Mexico police may search you or your vehicle without a warrant. In fact, in some cases, a search without a warrant may be a violation of your civil rights. However, police may also be able to convince a court that, even without a warrant, […]
Can the police search my car if there is an illegal item in plain sight?
As a general rule, police need a warrant to search your vehicle or home without your consent. “Plain sight” is an exception to the warrant requirement. If an illegal object is in plain sight of the police officer, under certain circumstances, they can search your car without a warrant. However, in New Mexico, even if […]
What if an officer pulls me over and wants to search my car?
You should always decline to allow officers to search your car. If an officer is asking to search your car, even if you don’t have anything in your car, or you think you don’t have anything in your car, it’s a huge inconvenience. The officer can really tear your car apart if you consent to […]