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Does a Ohio State Trooper have the right to open a locked safe in my vehicle after a one car accident with/with out a warrant?

Negley, OH |

no alcohol or drugs caused the accident. My vehicle was the only vehicle involved in the accident.

Attorney Answers 3


  1. Best answer

    A warrantless search of a locked container could be the subject matter of a motion to suppress. I have won this issue in courtrooms (and appeals) before -- but every case requires an individual analysis. Speaking in private with an attorney in his/her office would be a good idea.


  2. I need more information. Was the locked safe in the trunk or the cockpit? Was the car drivable or was it impounded? In general the police need a warrant to search. There are some exceptions. We all want to know what was in the locked safe and were you charged as a result of the content found?


  3. Under some circumstances, yes.

    In other circumstances, no.

    More details are needed to determine which category your situation falls in.

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