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I was pulled over, told to put my windows down, turn my car

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I was pulled over, told to put my windows down, turn my car off, then told to hand the officer my keys. Then i was told to get out and i was searched, and they found drugs on me. The police report says I went into a suspected dealers house and that is why i was stopped and searched. Is this a legal stop and search?
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4th Amendment jurisprudence is incredibly convoluted; there are all sorts of carvings-out and potholes in this area of law. I strongly advise that you hire an attorney or ask the court to appoint one for you before the preliminary hearing.

The stop sounds like it may well have been a legal stop. If the police have probable cause, they can search (if the officer saw you leave a house that was independently suspected of being a drug dealer's house, that would likely provide that "probable cause" toehold) and, if they find something like illegal drugs, they can make a legal warrantless arrest.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I do not believe the officer that pulled me over actually witnessed me entering and exiting the house, other officers watching the house saw me, does that make a difference? I will accept your reply if you can answer this question please
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Thanks for accepting my answer. I'm posting this as an Info Request to prevent any accidental double payment (you can't accept an Info Request). You can certainly respond if you have another question about this, but you need not feel obligated to.

The officer who stopped you need not have been the witnessing officer. "The police" means the whole group of law enforcement officials. If "the police" saw you enter/leave (or if a police officer is undercover in that drug house and actually witnessed a transaction), then probable cause is likely to be established.

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