Can police search a minor child or pat them down during a traffic violation if they are passengers in a car? 4 Answers as of January 21, 2014

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Yes, especially If the minor child is 16 or over and is taller than 6 feet and weighs more than 200 pounds, or is travelling after 11:00 p.m. at night.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 1/21/2014
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Yes they may be able to do so for safety reasons.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 1/17/2014
Law Office of James E. Smith
Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
Yes, a pat down for officer safety is allowed.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 1/16/2014
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
A law enforcement officer may conduct a stop and frisk search if it is reasonable for an officer to stop an individual absent probable cause to arrest, as long as he/she can point to "specific articulable facts" that justify the intrusion. An officer's good faith and/or inarticulate hunches simply are not enough. Moreover, the answer is yes, so long as the officer can articulate specific facts that warrant such an intrusion. This applies to all criminal stops, detentions, and arrests, which is why an individual secure in his home or even driving a car is afforded the same protection as an individual walking down the street. This also applies to minors.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/16/2014
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