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Can Police Scan Your Credit Card?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:27
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Southern California Criminal Defense Blog

Credit cards are a convenient way to pay for pretty much anything. Many of us don’t think twice about handing our credit card over the counter to make a quick purchase or using it to buy something online. Those plastic cards can come in handy. However, many people do not realize that credit cards store your information on them.police-computer-300x130

Magnetic strips on the back of credit cards contain a few lines of information on them. This includes your name, account number and other details about you. Information printed on the front of the card is supposed to match that on the magnetic strip, indicating whether the card is counterfeit.

So, let’s say you were in possession of a large amount of credit cards. If a police officer was conducting a normal search of your person or other property and found these cards, it could raise suspicion,. In this case, could the officer scan your credit cards without a warrant? This question was recently answered by the Eighth District Court of Appeals.

By Wallin & Klarich, A Law Corporation

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  • i was not aware the cops could not only make the allegation that you broke the law but go on to find you guilty of something they can’t even prove applies to you!

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