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Do I have to give consent to a law enforcement officer to search my car in Florida?

No, you do not have to give consent to a law enforcement officer to search your vehicle in Florida. There are ways that a police officer can search your vehicle without your consent, such as if they see evidence in plain view, or smell something that’s illegal coming from your car. However, if they do not have a way to search your car legally, then they may ask you for consent, and if you do not provide that consent, they may otherwise have no way to search your car.

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