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Legal Question: Privacy

Can a sheriff’s deputy legally open my car door without consent at a traffic stop?

I think the answer here is probably, but it depends on all of the facts in the situation. In a typical traffic infraction stop, the door of your car may be opened without your consent if the officer has probable cause to arrest you. The door may also be opened to detain you to search for weapons, or to hold you in a state of arrest for further investigation.

Arrest Warrants

Arrest warrants are issued by judges when a person is wanted by the police for the commission of a…

Alternatives To Jail Time

The Bellingham Municipal Court system has approved the use of home detention and other…