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I run a license bar is it leagal for the.cops to come in say

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I run a license bar is it leagal for the.cops to come in say they r looking for someone then.say they smell marijuana and.serch everyone
Submitted: 19 days ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 19 days ago.

If the bar is open, there is nothing which prevents them from coming inside. There is no need for them to obtain a search warrant since there is no expectation of privacy in the bar. You could tell the officers they have to leave, but once they smell what they believe to be marijuana, they then have probable cause to conduct an investigation. However, that probable cause does not extend to searching every single person in the bar.

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