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TERRY STOPS
CONSENT SEARCH
MIRANDA WARNINGS
Short, investigatory stops used to
determine whether criminal activity is
occurring.  To conduct a Terry Stop,
police do not need probable cause,
but rather reasonable suspicion of
illegal activity.  Although police cannot
place their hands inside your clothing,
they can pat you down for weapons or
contraband.
A search conducted after permission
has been given by the person to be
searched.  It waives the Fourth
Amendment requirement of a Warrant
and Probable Cause.  If you give
consent to search, you can terminate
that consent at any time.  
The better
practice is not to give consent at
all.
This Fifth Amendment requirement is
not required to be given until you are
in police custody (either under arrest,
or there is a restraint on your freedom
to move) and you are being
interrogated.  Until either of these
things happen, remember to just
remain silent!!!
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