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Do you mean are you guilty because it was in your van?
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No, just because it was in your van doesn't make you "automatically guilty". The crime of possession requires intent so you had to have known it was there to be guilty. That doesn't mean you can't be found guilty by a judge or jury, but they have to believe you knew it was there.
No, a refusal to search doesn't mean that they have the right to search. Something else may have given them that right but it may also be that the search was illegal and can be suppressed which will make the entire case unwinnable for the prosecution. Be sure and hire a good lawyer and tell them about the search issues and they will file the correct motions.
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