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Vehicle search after a warrantless arrest

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What is the law pertaining to what an officer can, and cannot, search in your vehicle without a search warrant if you are arrested for DWI? No consent given to search the vehicle.

What would the cops need to request a search warrant?

Attorney Answers 4

  1. It is super complicated and very fact specific. Only an attorney that is familiar with the specific facts of your case could even begin to give you an answer.

  2. Yes. Uou need to findadeath a lawyer and outline all of your issues to get a concise abswer

  3. If the police are impounding the vehicle (as they often do subsequent to an arrest), they are required to do an inventory search of the entire vehicle. They do not need a warrant in this situation.

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  4. Most agencies have set policies regarding inventoring the contents of a car they are impounding. Any evidence of criminal activity they find during the inventory may be used against you. It gets very fact-specific after that.

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