Can The Police Search Your Cell Phone?
You’re at a party and someone from the police asks to see your cell phone. What do you do? If you don’t know your rights, you could putting yourself and your future at risk. Professor Josh Blackman details in this video the ways in which recent court rulings are defining and limiting the boundaries in which police can search through your phone’s contents.
But if you need a quick answer for your instant gratification, tell the police that they need a warrant. A recent supreme court case has affirmed this stance. A police search of your cell phone is not within their right if you get arrested. That includes your texts, phone calls, photos, or Uber receipts. Nothing can be searched without either a warrant or your consent.