They might be referring to the "am I being detained, or arrested" thing. Can't hold you past a certain amount of time unless your being detained/arrested. The below is just a link explaining it.
Arrest vs. Detention: How to Tell Whether You've Been Arrested or Detained
You do have the right in most states to record a traffic stop though. Won't make you any friends with the cops but you have the right to do so, according to past rulings in various states.
On the topic of searches....I've had it both ways. Cops get mad you won't give them permission an the ones who are like "Cool, it's your right, be safe.".
Declining a search of your home or vehicle doesn't make you guilty despite what people like to believe these days.
What's that old saying..."Innocent till proven guilty"? Funny how society today has corrupted that to be "Guilty until proven Innocent". You see it everywhere, forums, the internet, to tv, to the news, politics, etc etc.
Whether you allow them to search or not...it's good to know your rights, an to always be respectful during a traffic stop. Getting pissed isn't going to make the stop go any faster an your just going to piss off the cop.
Far as I know you can't refuse a border search. I could be wrong in which case cool.
Sirscrapntruckalot - See below Disclaimer -
**I'm not a lawyer, nor do I pretend to be one. All opinions in this post are mine, an mine alone. I've not offering law advice, or soliciting it. So if you end up in jail, to bad you should have consulted a real lawyer an not a internet forum. Have a good day!
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Could also be something as simple as they saw you, an co-driver(if team) an like another said you fit a certain profile. Maybe someone dislikes your company , or truckers in general an is making false snitch calls.
This day an age, who knows.
Sirscrapntruckalot - Yes I could have added this to my other post, but who am I to be predictable.
I've heard this so many times, the "They can't search my sleeper, it's my home....without a warrant" argument. Sorry, but at the Federal level, all an officer needs is probable cause. So unless the state's law is more restrictive than the federal law, they do not need a warrant nor your consent, just probable cause. If you disagree, fine, you'll lose in court though.
Do Police Need a Warrant to Search My Motorhome?
That doesn't mean they can just search any time they want, they have to show legal justification...
Car Searches After Traffic Stops: Not Always Allowed
I would make sure the officers explain their reasoning, and probable cause, while my recording device is active. Make sure they know you are recording, and watch them closely. But please don't try the "My sleeper is my home," line, they will be laughing at your lunch counter legal expertise.
Former E. Texas police captain sentenced for planting evidence
An LAPD officer accidentally filmed himself putting cocaine in a suspect’s wallet
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR)
(e) Equipment. A sleeper berth must be properly equipped for sleeping. Its equipment must include:
(1) Adequate bedclothing and blankets; and
(i) Springs and a mattress; or
(ii) An innerspring mattress; or
(iii) A cellular rubber or flexible foam mattress at least four inches thick; or
(iv) A mattress filled with a fluid and of sufficient thickness when filled to prevent “bottoming-out” when occupied while the vehicle is in motion.
Sirscrapntruckalot Thanks this.
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