You Can Keep Your Phone Locked And Refuse To Unlock It
It is your right to keep your phone locked and for you to refuse to unlock it. Doing this means they will not be able to look through your phone without your permission, should you be handcuffed or the phone is taken away from you etc.
If You Are Not Arrested, You Do Not Have To Consent To A Phone Search
It is illegal for the police to search your phone, if they do not have a warrant and you are not under arrest. Although see the ‘Depending On The Scenario’ point below
If The Police Officer Proceeds Anyway, Do Not Get Physical
This is the last thing you should do as things could quickly escalate. Instead repeat the words – “I do not consent to this phone search”. If there are others around say it loudly so everyone…
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