Excerpt from Attorney Ralph Behr’s Book. Street Smarts- Criminal Law 1.01 – Search and Seizure. Can the Police Search Me on Someone’s Lie?

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100 ‘most asked ‘ questions

CAN THE POLICE SEARCH ME ON SOMEONE’S LIE?

Yes.

It happens all the time.  Someone angry with you calls the police and piles on a heap of lies.  The police can search and arrest you based on someone’s lies.

What can you do?

If the police act on a “confidential informant” or a “citizen informant” the search is subject to suppression if the search does not meet legal standards.

If the search is unlawful it will be thrown out.

The test is:

  1. basis of the informant’s knowledge
  2. veracity
  3. credibility
  4. reliability
  5. the totality of the circumstances.