In New Mexico, does silence equal consent to a search? Posted on November 09, 2010

A police officer pulled me over a couple days ago. Without explaining why he pulled me over, he asked if he could search my car. I hesitated because I did not know if refusing him would make me seem suspicious, but I had some personal things in my car that I did not want him gawking at. While I tried to figure out what to say, he started searching my car, and I did not stop him. I had nothing illegal there, but it still bothers me that he searched my car without reason or my consent. Was that legal? Is silence the same as agreement in a search?

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