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Are warrantless searches of a vehicle legal?

Seeing the flashing lights of a police vehicle behind your vehicle is enough to make anyone feel stressed out. For some people, seeing those lights is more worrisome because they are worried about having to deal with police officers requesting to do a vehicle search, such as a search for illegal drugs. It is vital for all drivers to have a full understanding of when police officers can search your vehicle without a warrant.

Does the Fourth Amendment protect my vehicle from warrantless searches?

The Fourth Amendment provides some protections against searches. Generally, this amendment prohibits law enforcement officers from conducting searches of a vehicle without a warrant unless they have your permission to search your vehicle. As is the case with many legal concepts, there are some exceptions to your Fourth Amendment protections against searches of your vehicle.

When are warrantless searches allowed?

Law enforcement officers can search your vehicle with your consent, so they wouldn't need a warrant for that search. They can also search your vehicle if they have reason to believe they must do so for their own safety. They can search if they have probable cause to think that your vehicle has evidence of a crime. They can search your vehicle for items related to your arrest if they arrest you.

If you believe that the police officers did an illegal search of your vehicle and you are facing charges, such as drug charges, because of that search, you should work to determine if the search was illegal. You might need to enlist the help of someone familiar with search laws, drug charges and other criminal matters.

Source: FindLaw, "Can the Police Legitimately Search My Vehicle Without a Warrant?," accessed Aug. 06, 2015

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