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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?

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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.


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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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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.



Would this include a locked tool box in the bed of a pick-up truck, nothing found and no evidence of anything illegal in the cabin of the vehicle

James L Heard III

James L Heard III


Probably. The agency is going to say that their policy covers everything in the vehicle. Otherwise how are they going to prove they didn't take the $10,000.00 you had in your toolbox unless they've looked in there and documented there was no money in it.

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