I drive a psychedelic van in a conservative area of the country, and your web site information has been extremely helpful. I’ve asserted my rights numerous times and driven away without being searched. One exception was a recent occurrence in Connersville, Indiana.
A city policeman pulled me over for having a poorly lit license plate, then detained me while he called in drug sniffing dogs. When I asked him why he called in dogs, he said he didn’t have to have a reason. He didn’t ask for my consent to have them sniff the outside of my van (is that legal?) [Editor’s note: Yes, but the detention was not, so it doesn’t matter], but reported that a dog “alerted” on my driver’s side door.
The city police proceeded to conduct a search and found nothing (as I knew they wouldn’t). At that point, the state police told the city police that anything from there would be considered in court an illegal search, and they apologized and left.
Thanks for your helpful website.