i'll try to keep this down to quick short notes, cuz i know i tend to elaborate and babble a lot. (When you type 100+ WPm you tend to just flow thru words too damn fast and never realize how much you're posting)
heres the skinny.
Had a tourney this weekend. I traveled with my buddy. On our way home from the tourney in this smaller town. I get pulled over for my window tint. Talk to the cop, asks where im headed, where im coming from. Tell him a tourney, asked how i shot... had a laugh that I shot real bad. Blah blah.
He lectures me about my tint, i say yeah I understand. He asks how dark it is, I tell him at least 5%.
He says hes going to let me go. Then decides hes gonna scan it anyways. Comes back, tells me its 1%. I laugh and say Im not surprised. He was going to let me go since we were from out of town. I tell him its going to come off soon cuz I'll prolly move to Houston and I know they're strict there.
He was about to let me off, but then tells me
"Louisiana has a problem with trafficing, it could be large sums of money, drugs, dead bodies... Is there any illegal contents in your vehicle."
He then goes thru a list of about 9 drugs, Cocaine, No sir, Pills, no sir, extacy, no sir.. marijuana, No sir.
"So if I search you're vehicle Im not going to find anything illegal"
"So you dont mind me searching?"
At this point my mind was trying to compute what I should do. My buddy JUST smoked on the way out, so i was debating on if he smelled it on him when he went to scan my window to check the tint.
I told him Yes to the search, because I dont smoke, and i know there isn't any drugs in the vehicle other than whats on my buddy.
If I would of known that he had no probable cause, I would of upheld my rights and refused a warrent-less search. But I didnt know what his probable cause was. I was worried if he didnt smell it on my buddy, and searched anyways and found it it would of been pinned on me. But he searched my friend and he told him it was all his and I had nothing to do with it.
Ive been trying to do some research on what my rights were, and what would of happened if I would of said no. I guess it all depends if he had probable cause or not.
I think I did the right thing, because all he found was on my bud. He searched my truck for 30 minutes and found nothing else.
My friend got a misdemeanor since it was his first time being caught. He tried to plead out of it, but I knew that wasnt gonna fly.
Didnt get arrested or anything because it was a misdemeanor. Im just glad he didnt try to hide it for the cop to find later and not know who's it was.
So any idea if I could of done it different? I wanted to refuse the search, but figured he would of just found a way to search anyways. I guess it all depends if I would of found his probable cause out first. I also found out that I have the right to leave if Im not being detained.
but still, I wanted to cooperate. It was his drugs and pipe, not mine. Im just thankful I didn't get dragged into an arrest or something along with him.
I dont need to get refused for a job because some dumbass friend helped me get a record.
Friends that smoke is still not an issue with me, thats all you, and its all your possessions. But as far as me driving to tourneys with friends, f*ck that if I know they're carrying and its under my property. Im learning about my rights right now. Doing a lot of reading and research to find out if I did the right thing. Which I think i did, which didnt get me busted for anything that wasnt mine