I don’t want the police to search me or my things, what should I do?
If the police ask to search you, your vehicle, belongings or home and you do not agree, make it clear that they do not have your permission, as unclear signals or particular actions can be taken as agreeing and giving consent. Say “Sir/Madam, I do not agree to being searched, can you please tell me the lawful authority for searching me?”
If the police have a search warrant, they should hand that to you in a letter before searching you.
Make a note of their answer. It is also a good idea to take a note of the police officers’ names and badge numbers. Their numbers are displayed on black discs, usually located on their shoulders. Do not resist if the officer continues to search you despite your lack of consent. Ask your friends to stay so they witness the search. If you wish, you can complain about the search afterwards. You should also tell your lawyer if you’ve been charged.