For many young adults, college it is time of self exploration, which often includes trying substances such as alcohol and drugs. With the outbreak of the opioid epidemic and legalization of marijuana in several states, recreational substance use is nearing record highs.
People have constitutional rights that protect them from unlawful searches and seizures. Typically, the police must have a search warrant in order to search a person or their property.
Imagine you are driving home after a night out with friends. You’re tired and ready to get in bed, but suddenly you see red and blue police lights flashing in your rearview mirror. You pull over, police talk to you briefly, conduct a search of your car and find some medications for which you don’t have a prescription. Instead of crawling into bed, you are put in the back of the cop car.
When someone is pulled over, the officer may suspect that the driver was drinking. In those instances, the officer may request the driver to submit to a sobriety test.