Festivals and Unlawful Search
By Cohen & Dwin, P.A. on January 23, 2019 | In Criminal Law
Festival season is upon us and, along with it, many people may find themselves being searched by law enforcement. A shocking number of these searches are not performed properly and may even violate myriad legal protections and guaranteed rights.
Law enforcement officers deal with a significant number of people during festivals and may be tempted to take shortcuts when searching those they suspect of illegal activity. If you are charged with an offense after being searched at a festival, it is important to have a criminal lawyer on your side before you discuss the situation with police.
Documenting Interactions with Law Enforcement
If you are searched by law enforcement during a festival, be sure to document the encounter. This can help ensure that if you are charged with possession or a similar crime, you retain the ability to beat your charges.
The best way to document an unlawful search is by recording it. Everyone should have a festival buddy who can begin recording as soon as an interaction begins. Remember, you have a right to film an interaction with law enforcement, but not to interfere with their duties. It is important to remain civil and respectful while documenting these encounters to protect yourself against additional charges.
If you have been charged with a crime after being searched at a festival, please contact Cohen & Dwin, P.A. to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Maryland criminal lawyer.