Crime… and its Aftermath

GETTING SEARCHED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT: Lesson 1

When Police Can Search Your Car

  • When you are stopped in traffic, the law enforcement officer will not automatically search your car.
  • Police can search the car if they see something illegal out in plain view.
  • Police can search the car if they have probable cause to search: that means they have a good reason to believe a crime has happened, and a good reason to believe you probably committed the crime, and they think they will likely find evidence of the crime in the car.
  • Police can search the car if the probable cause is something they smell (like smoke or alcohol) or hear (clinking bottles), not just something they see.

 

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