Police Want to See Your Cell Phone
Were you pulled over and the police want to see your cell phone? Find out your legal rights in this educational video by our New Jersey criminal lawyer.
Do the police have the right to look at my cell phone?
If you’re stopped by a police officer and they request to take a look at your cell phone, please understand that the information on your cell phone is private to you and you do not have to give them that cell phone. If you are arrested, they may take your cell phone as evidence, but they’re not permitted to look in that phone unless you consent, which I suggest you don’t, or they get a warrant to search that phone. If you’re in a car stop situation and you have an app on your phone that allows you to show your insurance card, for instance, that particular statute forbids the police from looking at any other content on your phone after they’ve looked at the insurance card. Be aware that the other information on your phone is otherwise private.
Were you or a loved one arrested or accused of a crime and want to know if the police have the right to look at your cell phone? Contact New Jersey criminal lawyer Carl Spector today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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