TRAFFIC LAW FAQs

TRAFFIC LAW FAQs

I've been pulled over for a traffic stop. Can the police search my car without a warrant?

While police generally need a warrant to search you or your property — during a traffic stop, police only need probable cause to legally search your vehicle. Probable cause means police must have some “reasonable suspicion” you have a weapon or are involved in criminal activity. For example, if the police see a joint or handgun on the passenger seat, that would give them probably cause to search your car without a warrant.

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