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Was this a legal search or did the police need a warrant?

Las Vegas, NV |

A friend and an accomplice had committed some burglaries and then stole a vehicle in Nebraska. They were eventually caught and arrested in Vegas. In the car the police found a box that had been addressed to the accomplice. They seized it without a warrant. I am not sure what was inside the box. In general, was this allowed or did they need a warrant to take the box and look through it? My friend and his accomplice have lawyers but they are not allowed to talk to me so I am curious about this.

I changed a few details before I submitted so it's not the exact place or facts. No privacy issues :)

Attorney Answers 3


  1. If they were legally arrested then the search is proper.


  2. Its probably best not to post your friends facts on this website, unless you are interested in helping the prosecutor convict them. This is a public web site and its probably not to difficult for the prosecutor to figure out who your talking about since she/he probably doesn't have more than one case with a stolen vehicle driven across state lines. The search is lawful and routine. " Curiosity killed the cat".


  3. If they were lawfully arrested, the "inventory"search of the car was legal. It is certainly cause for a motion, but doubtful it would be granted/

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